And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD: Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath [them] still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. – Lamentations 3:18-21
Everyone suffers some form of depression in this life. But the key to overcoming depression or any form of afflictions lies in the above passage of Scripture. Jeremiah was lamenting about the state of Israel and Jerusalem in Lamentations 2. He talked about how a beautiful City like Jerusalem which was once called the perfection of beauty has become a laughingstock, (Lamentations 2:15-17). And then in Lamentations 3, he talked about his own misery.
As Jeremiah was depressed and was lamenting, he said, “This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope“, (Lamentations 3:21). What you allow your mind to dwell on controls you. You can either let your mind dwell on misery and be depressed or you can also recall to mind and have hope like Jeremiah. But what has he recalled to mind? The answer lies in the following verses.
“[It is of] the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not“, (Lamentations 3:22). Jeremiah remembered that despite all the afflictions, God is compassionate and because of that he is alive. No matter what you are going through, remember that as long as you are alive, it is because of the LORD’s mercies and compassion. Take the focus away from your problems and focus on the LORD. By doing that, you will have hope.
So remember that everyone goes through depression, but as a Christian, you can overcome any form of depression by dwelling on the Word of God instead of dwelling on your worries and troubles.