The effects of crises like the one we’re facing with COVID-19 can bring about or exacerbate existing feelings of depression. On a global scale, we’re facing unprecedented change, trials and uncertainty like never before in this generation.
Although the Bible doesn’t address the subject of depression, per se, the Scriptures do include many verses that were apparently written by a human soul who was in the depths of human emotion. Psalm 42:5 (ESV) says: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” The same verse also expresses hope: “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”
God’s Word is realistic and straightforward about depression occurring even in the life of the godly, but it also makes it clear that God’s will is for the “God of hope [to] fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13, NIV)
There are practical steps we can take to manage symptoms of depression and loneliness. Below you will find some simple things we can do during this time of crisis, to reset our system to improve our mental and emotional health.
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