Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Heb 10:23
I’ve shared my struggles with depression before. I’m thankful to be on the other side of winter and still be in a good place. But it hasn’t always worked out so well and I don’t take it for granted.
Years ago, when I was in the darkest pit of depression, it would take every ounce of strength to reach out into the nothingness, grasping for the hand of Jesus’ faithfulness. Tears would stream down my face as I would cling to my Bible under my pillow. As I hoped in what I couldn’t see, I slowly began an ascent out of the pit into light.
When asked today what was the single most important thing I did to move towards recovery, I would say it was choosing to believe in God’s faithfulness.
If God weren’t faithful, I would have no hope.
Depression is defined as a state of hopelessness. I have learned I can’t trust or depend on my emotions or feelings. They are not truth.
Faithful is defined as a strict adherence to truth, duty or allegiance. Unswerving. God is truth. His Word is truth. He will keep his promises.
Why is it important that God is faithful?
God is who He says He is
He will do what He says He will do
I can set my mind on God’s promises in the Word of God whether or not they feel true at the moment.
“The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. (Deut. 32:4)
God’s love doesn’t change
God is true. God is faithful. That’s who He is. He can’t be anything less than 100% truth and 100% faithful.
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. (2 Tim 2:19)
We have hope
Hope is everything. Hope is to be confident in, to trust in, to believe. Without hope, life is a dark pit of doom.
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Is 40:31)
Thank you God for your lovingkindness that indeed never ceases, your compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness. (Lam 2:22-23)
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*If you suffer from depression, it is important you see a medical doctor to rule out any underlying illness. In my case, recovery involved both physical help as I was deficient in Vitamin D, diet and exercise as well as changing my thinking patterns.