Daily Reflections

The Final Say

July 5, 2022 Dannah Gresh

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” —Matthew 11:28

I live with a husband who fiercely battled depression, but Bob Gresh is one of the bravest people I know. Every day he wakes up and he is faithful, whether he feels it or not. And Bob and I both kind of wish Christians talked about it more openly, or maybe even that the medical community could reframe the language a little bit to help avoid any stigma or shame. If you’re struggling or if someone you love is struggling, you should not be buried in shame.

Since the time of Job, humanity has been suffering from depression (Job 30:16–20). And the Bible says that Job was blameless and upright (1:1). David also seemed to have an ongoing battle with depression (Psalm 6:2–7), but he was called a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14).

Listen to me: depression is not a disqualifier, and it doesn’t get the final say in our lives. God’s Word does.

Make it Personal

When you’re struggling with depression, what promises from God’s Word can you cling to for help and hope?