JULY 11 HOPELESSNESS CAUSES DEPRESSION

PSALM 42:1-43:5 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (Ps. 43:5). In Psalm 42 and 43, the psalmist asks the question three times, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?” That’s a really good question. People still ask this question today, but very few come up with the right answer. Today, people blame depression on circumstances or chemical reactions in the body. That’s not what these scriptures say. These verses make it clear that depression is caused by a lack of hope. Our circumstances don’t make us depressed unless we allow them to steal away our hope. The chemical reactions in our bodies are the result of depression, not the cause. Hope and depression are opposites. Where there’s hope, depression can’t exist. Where there’s depression, hope doesn’t exist. Therefore, maintaining hope is essential to having positive emotions. Life constantly wars against hope. Life is a terminal experience. The only way to have true hope is to be more influenced by God than by experiences. Our God is the God of all hope (Rom. 15:13). There’s a promise of victory in the Word of God for every negative experience we will ever encounter in life. Hope is available. We just need to take advantage of it. Hope comes from God through His Word (Rom. 15:4). Therefore, constantly meditating on God’s Word is the way to have hope and beat depression. Fire up hope and watch depression melt away!

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