Coping with depression, what is your obstacle? Is it a divorce, emotional abuse, shameful event, betrayal, addiction, loss, missing parent, bad childhood, or just a need for love? Those things are not just random chaos thrown at us by Life because we deserve to suffer. Behind this seemingly meaningless hardship are a reason and a purpose.
As strange as it sounds right now, there are reasons for these obstacles in our lives. It is written in an ancient text that God once walked the very ground we walk. Do you know what is recorded that He said? Jesus said, ‘My sheep know my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.’
Coping With Depression; God’s Purpose
The difficulties and burdens we experience have several possible purposes. The first might be to teach us wisdom, and mastery over a specific spiritual flaw that we might have. An example would be repeated delays at achieving something to teach us patience, or learn to persevere in the face of difficulties.
One purpose every trial, need or failure will always have is to show the most important lesson of all: That lesson is that we humans are created in the likeness of God, and we are to have a relationship with Him. Trials, needs and failures teach us that we are not self-made. There is no such thing as a self-made person, no matter how successful he or she is. We literally are one hundred percent helpless. We cannot even control the color of hair on our head nor make our height.
Coping With Depression by Having Fellowship with God
There are two classifications of being in existence, ‘the creator,’ which is God, and all else which is ‘the created,’ and that is us. Unlike inanimate things like rocks, or animated things like animals, we humans uniquely are to have fellowship with God. If we came here to earth and had no problems and obstacles to face, then we would never search for or need a God, or to gain that fellowship.
Coping With Depression and the Deception of the World
Have we been striving to be like other people in the world whom are living in luxury, successful in social, material, and political abundance? We might reconsider our fortunes; Satan blinds many with abundance and achievement to lull them away from safety. If we are undergoing an unbearable hardship or condition, God is not allowing Satan to blind us with his deception.
There are two classes of persons; there is the wheat, or the lambs, and there are the tares, or those of the evil one. If we are looking for a spiritual answer to our life’s problems, then we are wheat and a lamb. We are one of God’s chosen ones.
Coping With Depression by Seeking Spiritual Things
How do we know this? We know because if we were a tare and one of the evil ones, we would have no desire or interest in finding spiritual answers to anything. First, we would probably not have any debilitating problems, as Satan grants success in this world to deceive his own. Second, we would have no interest in anything other than partying, and living for the moment and achieving all the enjoyment of this world.
God put this thirst in you before He even made the foundation of this world! This is also written in one ancient text, the Bible.
Coping With Depression With a New Perspective
Let us get back to the difficulties God has allowed us to experience. We know their purpose is to teach us wisdom and give us patience, and every difficulty is to bring us closer to God, so then what? Specifically we are to learn to have a close and dependent relationship with Him. We are to learn it is no longer, and never was ‘me against my problem.’ It is and has always been ‘God and I against His problem.’
Coping With Depression Give Your Problem To God
Whatever our obstacle or deep need, God wishes us to seek him and give our situation to Him. This is our starting point. We said at the beginning; Coping With…… What is your obstacle? Is it a divorce, emotional abuse, shameful event, betrayal, addiction, loss, missing parent, bad childhood, or just a need for love? Bring it to God, and I promise that He will guide you to the clinical and emotional answers as well.
Nothing is better for dealing with emotional stress that starting a relationship with the one who made us. He loves us and knows us better than we know our self. Jesus loves you and knows what is best for you.