Those who struggle in the darkness of depression have difficulty seeing good in their lives … especially in themselves. They often look at life through a “black filter.” The photographer who uses a black lens takes a picture during the daytime, but the final photograph appears to be a night scene. When the depressed see life through their black filter, they feel helpless about their situations, hatred toward themselves, and hopeless over their future. If you are walking in the darkness of depression, you need to focus on the light of the Lord and know that He intimately cares.
David chose to change his focus in Psalm 142 … “Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.’ ” (Psalm 142:4–5)
PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION’S SELF-TALK:
- Talk about YOURSELF: “I can’t do anything right!” “Why should I even try?” “My usefulness is over!” “I hate myself!” “Look at so-and-so (by comparison).” “I must have done something wrong!” “Nobody loves me!” But the Truth is: God’s Word says, “ ‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10).
- Talk about your SITUATION: “I don’t see any way out!” “It didn’t matter anyway!” “This is intolerable!” “It’s not fair!” “I’m helpless to change it!” “I can’t do anything about it!” “I can’t bear it!” But the Truth is: I can say with Paul, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).
- Talk about your FUTURE: “So what!” “Nothing will change…” “No one will ever love me!” “I’ll be too old…” “That was my last chance for happiness!” “I have nothing to live for.” “It’s hopeless!” But the Truth is: God’s Word says, “ ‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ ” (Jeremiah 29:11).
If you are walking in darkness, then cherish these words from the Lord…”I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)