There are days when I feel completely insignificant. I wonder if anyone cares or even knows I exist. I feel lost, alone, and so very hopeless. Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever just want to pull the covers back over your head and give up? Don’t! Here are five Bible verses that help me through my darkest days:
1) Jesus thought YOU were worth the ultimate sacrifice. Even if no one in this world remembers you, He does and He did when He sacrificed His own life to give YOU life. Surrender to His will. Feel His grace. Allow His mercy to wash you from top to bottom. Revel in His perfect love.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
2) Even if this day started out completely wrong, there are still beautiful things in it. Look for the simple things and find a little joy in them. For me, I grab a cup of hot tea and head out to the back porch to listen to the birds, see the flowers and just breathe in the goodness of God.
Philippians 4:8 gives this advice, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
3) God promises that He will never leave you. Even when the people we love fail us, God never will. He will be there to carry us through whatever turmoil we face in this life. He has promised and His words are true.
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2).
4) Help is just a call away. I often read the words of David because he gets it. He knows what it is like to suffer emotional depression and temporal rejection, but the best part of David’s Psalms is that he reminds us to call upon the name of the Lord. In Psalm 116, we see David’s deep seated depression and then God’s response to him.
“The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling” (Psalm 116:6-8).
5) This life is not the final call. We were placed in this world for a reason, and some sweet day when our work here is over, we will take our heavenly journey. We will rejoin those we have lost. We will worship at the feet of Jesus. There will be no more suffering, loss or tears. No more depression. God will set everything right.
Revelations 21:4-5 promises “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And he said unto me, ‘Write: for these words are true and faithful.’ “
What wonderful words of reassurance! Hallelujah! Hold tight to these Scripture promises and fight to live your life instead of living in the pit of depression. When have you found help through depression in the Bible? What verses would you add to this list?