Job 3:20-24(NIV)

20 “Why is light given to those in misery,
and life to the bitter of soul,
21 to those who long for death that does not come,
who search for it more than for hidden treasure,
22 who are filled with gladness
and rejoice when they reach the grave?
23 Why is life given to a man
whose way is hidden,
whom God has hedged in?
24 For sighing has become my daily food;
my groans pour out like water.

Psalm 61:1-3(NIV)

Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.

Depression, anxiety and fear are mental illnesses that have been garnering more attention over the past few years.  Movies like A Beautiful Mind or The Soloist are great movies that bring the spotlight to mental illness as many people who are afflicted may deny having mental health issues.  When people become too successful and succumb to substance abuse or face darkness and turmoil which leads to despair, suicide is a choice for those who no longer have any hope.  It’s very sad indeed when those who are famous and wealthy end their life because they are depressed and can no longer cope or see a purpose in this life.

David and Job are two men who faced their own trials.  Job lost everything, but he still had his mind focused on God and stayed faithful.  He still had hope in another world and left it to God to take his life if he wanted to.  David was being chased around by Saul, a mad man in his own right. He relied on God to give him strength.  He also felt like dying, but also hoped that God would rescue him.  Today, there are medications that are available as well as counselors and rehabilitation centers available for those affected by addictions, depression and other mental health issues.  However, it is tough for those with depression to be hopeful of a bright future, if all they can think about are the negative thoughts that go through their head.  Philippians 4:8 talks about thinking of the positive and dwelling on it so much that you internalize it and develop those traits.  2 Corinthians 10:5 says that we should take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.  I do need to remind myself to think of the positive and not to dwell on my past mistakes, which could cause me to feel really bad about myself.  Dwelling on God and his mercy should give me hope and peace in my heart.

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