Ladies, many of us experience some form of depression, whether it’s a mild feeling at random moments or a severe one that consumes our entire being. Dealing with depression is not easy, and the deeper the sentiment, the harder it is. But in all instances, God has given us a path toward comfort, and this can be found in His Word.
It’s really important to stress that along with any personal or professional treatment or regimen that we follow, scripture should play a big part in healing our spiritual health. So I’ve offered up 10 of my favorite verses that I feel will help bring light in times of darkness. Some of these are more widely known than others, and of course there are others besides what I’ve listed here. Please read them and take heart.
…do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“For surely I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the desolate pit,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1-3)
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Ladies, I know it’s so easy to say that we must not get lost in darkness and depression, especially when you’re already in the midst of it. But I do urge you fervently to never forget that God has provided us a way out. He has an answer to all our suffering. We just need to listen to Him. He’s reaching out to us always, and more eagerly in times of pain. Let Him in. Open your heart to His love and your ears to His Words. He loves you so much and it pains Him when you close yourself up in darkness. Let Him in.
Ladies, do any of these verses speak to you in moments of darkness and depression? Do you have a favorite verse that comforts you?