Every day we find people who are stressed, lonely and depressed. We may not even understand the pain they might be going through. Sometimes we are the one sad or feeling alone.
Even though you might not find the word depression in the Bible, you will find similar words such as miserable, troubled, sad, despairing, and mourning. And there are many influential men and women in the Bible struggled with depression and hopelessness. Below are some stories to show us that we are not alone when it comes to battling depression and loneliness.
7 People in the bible who wished death due to depression
If you read the book of Psalms, you will notice that David battled loneliness, anguish, and fear of the enemies.
Psalm 38:4 – I am drowning in the flood of my sins; they are a burden too heavy to bear.
After victories over the false prophets, Elijah ran away for fear of losing his life. And in the desert, he was lonely and felt defeated and worn out.
1 Kings 19:4 – (Elijah walked a whole day into the wilderness. He stopped and sat down in the shade of a tree and wished he would die. “It’s too much, Lord,” he prayed. “Take away my life; I might as well be dead!”)
Jonah was sent by God to preach in Nineveh. But he fled away so that he could not teach. However, he was swallowed by a fish, and God gave him another chance. He preached the Good News, but instead of rejoicing, he became mad.
Jonah 4:3 – (Now then, Lord, let me die. I am better off dead than alive.)
Job underwent hell on earth. He suffered loss, destruction, and physical illness. His suffering was too much that even his wife asked him to curse God. Though he trusted and had faith in God, he struggled with the pain.
Job 3:11 – (I wish I had died in my mother’s womb or died the moment I was born.)
Moses was always unhappy over the sins of the Israelite. Since he was the leader, he was grieved for they chaos and many sins. He even wished he could die in the wilderness.
Exodus 32:32 – (Please forgive their sin; but if you won’t, then remove my name from the book in which you have written the names of your people.)
Jeremiah was a mighty prophet of God. However, he struggled with loneliness, insecurity and a feeling of defeat. The people continually rejected him that he wished he was not born.
Jeremiah 20:14 – (Curse the day I was born! Forget the day my mother gave me birth!)
7. Jesus Christ
Jesus was tortured by what was before Him. He knew that God had given Him a task to redeem the world. However, the mission was painful and of great suffering.
Mark 14: 34-36 (and he said to them, “The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch.”
He went a little farther on, threw himself on the ground, and prayed that, if possible, he might not have to go through that time of suffering. “Father,” he prayed, “my Father! All things are possible for you. Take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet not what I want, but what you want.”
All the above stories have something in common. God came through and redeemed them all.
Psalms 34:18 – (The LORD is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope.)
We have a God who understands our pain, sorrow, and depression. Jesus is a healer, redeemer and a friend. Hence, do not hide your struggle or pain. Consult the bible and pray about it. All the above people overcome their troubles by consulting God.
It is also wise to consult a friend or a man of God. Therefore, if you are struggling with depression or your loved one has suicidal thoughts, it is essential to seek help. And if you believe in Jesus Christ, nothing is impossible with Him.