Can A Christian Be Depressed?

Author: Robyn Mulder — Host: Andrew StevensPosted on: October 6, 2020

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Can A Christian Be Depressed?

Editor’s Note: Today’s devotion discusses depression and suicide. Some people think being a Christian means you need to be happy all the time. If someone says they’re depressed, others sometimes think that person’s faith isn’t very strong and they’re doing something wrong. Can a Christian be depressed? It’s one thing to feel sad or have a bad day once in a while, but it’s completely different to have a long period of dealing with symptoms of depression: such as feelings of sadness, loss of appetite or eating too much, too much sleep or not being able to sleep, loss of interest in things you normally enjoy, or even having thoughts of suicide or self-harm. Other symptoms can include irritability, tiredness, restlessness or agitation, feelings of anger, slowed thinking or moving, feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, trouble thinking or concentrating, and unexplained physical pain or digestive issues. The truth is, millions of people have been diagnosed with depression and many of them are Christians. A Christian’s faith can help them get through hard times and difficult situations, but sometimes chemical changes occur in a person’s brain and they aren’t able to just think more positively and get out of that mood. They’re clinically depressed, and they need help to get better. In our Bible passage today, Elijah runs away after Jezebel threatens to kill him. He gets so depressed he prays, “I have had enough, Lord Take my life” (1 Kings 19:4). It’s not that his faith was weak. After all, he had just come from the showdown with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, proving the power of God to everyone there. No, his faith was strong, but he was exhausted and afraid and depressed. He needed God’s care and reassurance so he could go on. If you get depressed, don’t beat yourself up because you think you aren’t a good Christian. Instead, reach out for help and give yourself time to heal. Jesus understands, and He’ll hold you through every up and down on the journey to getting healthy again. • Robyn Mulder • Do you ever get depressed? How is clinical depression different from having a bad day once in a while? • Who can you talk to about how you’re feeling? (A parent, a teacher, a youth leader, your doctor?) • If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or feels hopeless, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also talk with someone via web chat at • If your situation is potentially life-threatening, call 911 (or the emergency number for your area) or go to the local hospital emergency room right away. • If you need someone to talk to but are not in need of immediate help, you can set up an appointment for a one-time complimentary phone consultation with a Christian counselor through the Focus on the Family Counseling Service. In the United States, call 1-855-771-HELP (4357) weekdays 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) to set up an appointment. In Canada, book your appointment by calling 1-800-661-9800 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) and ask to speak with the care associate. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

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1 Kings 19:1-9