Dealing with Depression
Numbers 11:15, I Kings 19:4, Jonah 4:3
I want to ask you a question. Have you ever been depressed? Silly question. Have you ever been depressed? Of course you have. As a matter of fact, John W. Stott, a great biblical expositor said that a Christian's two chief occupational hazards are depression and discouragement. So when I talk about depression, what do I mean? What is depression? A psychologist has described depression this way: a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness that leads to sadness. I think that's a good definition. A person who is depressed has problems real or imagined and he doesn't seem to be able to get a handle on them. There's no help available and that's compounded by the fact that there doesn't seem to be any help on the horizon. It's helplessness plus hopelessness that leads to this deep despondency, this sadness. If you think perhaps that you're immune to depression and that it could never happen to you, I want you to look at the scripture that I've chosen for us today and you're going to be amazed as we read this scripture together.
First of all, take your Bibles and turn to Numbers 11:15 and read a prayer of Moses. Numbers 11:15. You're going to be amazed when you see this prayer. Here's Moses speaking to the Lord and he says, ''And if thou deal thus with me kill me, I pray thee. That is, God, if this is the way you're going to treat me, then just go ahead and kill me. ''Kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favor in thy sight and let me not see my wretchedness.'' Here was a man of God who felt so wretched, so miserable, so low down, so depressed, so discouraged that he said, Oh God, if you really loved me, you would kill me. It's an amazing prayer.
Turn to First Kings chapter 19 if you will, please, and look with me in verse 4. This is the prayer of another prophet, his name was Elijah, and the Bible says, ''But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and cam ...
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