One of our beloved entertainers took his own life this week. He was able to bring laughter to others but happiness eluded his personal life.
If you are alive you will suffer depression, only material things don’t suffer from it. Oswald Chambers said, “If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity for happiness and exaltation.” We must admit there are things that are going to depress us; like death. Therefore, we must always consider our ability suffer depression.
God’s people suffer from depression, for example Elijah was on the run for his life. He had enough and prayed, “Lord take my life” (1King 19:4). God response was, “Arise and eat” (5). Depression caused him to turn away from God, but when God stepped into the situation he gave Elijah the most natural thing to do.
When depressed we turn away from God and deepen our depression with such things as: Alcohol, drugs, anger, and isolation. However, if we simply would take the first step in obedience to God the depression is gone. “As soon as we arise and eat, we enter a higher plane of life,” Chambers.