Get Back to the Word1
Any honest follower of Christ knows how real spiritual depression is. Not just a spiritual “low”; depression is what it really is. I have been there a few times, and I’ve also found the remedy to always be to get back to the Word.
Without natural, physical food, we get hungry. We become irritated. If we go long enough without it, we die. Similarly, without spiritual food, we get hungry. We get irritated. We become more and more sinful. By God’s grace, if we are in him we do not die. But we may certainly feel dead. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matt 4:4).
In a spiritual depression, we may feel that we have no ability to ever regain our strength. “Will I ever be full again?” we wonder. When I am in my deepest despair, I suffer. I hurt others. I do not glorify God with my life. But in the midst of that darkness, God reminds me to get back to his Word.
Amazingly, with just a little exposure to his Word, I am renewed with hope and joy. And this makes sense, since Scripture says:
Blessed is the man who wake not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does he prospers (Psa 1:1-3).
When I continue to delight in God’s Word, I am blessed. I am a tree planted by streams of water. My thirst is continually quenched. I bear fruit. To God be the glory! If Psalm 1:1-3 describes you, praise God. Continue to delight in his Word.
If it does not, hear this: get back to the Word.
Get back to the Word.
I have known deep sorrow. And I have been ripped from that sad place and have been planted by the stream of life. May God keep me planted there, delighting in his Word.
It is the food that sustains.
It is the remedy for my spiritual depression.
Get back to the Word and live.