This series comes as a result of a friend who battles with depression asking that I write something on the topic that may help her. I promised her that I would do it about two months ago. This series looks at depression from a biblical perspective. I hope it helps anyone struggling with depression in some way.
Root Cause of Depression
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad
– Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)
The wisest man (outside of Jesus) that ever lived reveals to us that the root cause of depression is anxiety!
But before we go further into this topic, it is important to note a few things:
- The original Hebrew text reads something like this ‘Heaviness in the heart of man makes it stoop’.
- The meaning of ‘heaviness’ is sorrow, anxiety, and fear.
- The meaning of ‘stoop’ is to bow down, pay homage, or worship
Another thing we must note is this: The passage says ‘anxiety in the heart of man”. It does NOT say “anxiety in the soul of man”.
That is to say that to feel anxiety or sorrow in our soul is part of the human experience – there is nothing wrong with you if your soul experiences episodes of anxiety from time to time. This is normal, for there are situations and conditions that can bring on the onset of anxiety.
Point A: You are not abnormal or broken because you experiences episodes of anxiety
If you think you are abnormal or broken because you experience episodes of anxiety, consider that what you are saying is that you want to do better than the most perfect man that ever lived, Jesus, for even he experienced anxiety. Consider the following scriptures:
Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch” – Mark 14:23
Do you see that? Even Jesus was sorrowful in his soul when he faced a very difficult situation. But this is not the only time that Jesus was troubled! The bible tells us that Jesus was also troubled and wept when others were sorrowful for the death of Lazarus (see John 11).
Point B: It is okay to tell others that you are suffering from anxiety and to ask for help
The scripture in Mark 14:23 tells us that Jesus told his disciples that he was exceedingly sorrowful. He did not hide when he was going through his deep bout of anxiety but told those whom he trusted in his inner circle. Then he further asked them to help. Specifically, he asked them to stay and pray for him.
With those two points behind us, it is important to say that the type of anxiety that causes depression is the anxiety that enters into our heart. Why is that important? It is because the heart is what ultimately drives our actions through our mind.
Point C: We do not always do what is in our mind, but we always do something when that something has alignment in both our heart and our mind. Hence, anxiety is deadly when it enters our heart for it ultimately controls our behavior.
Next Time We Will Discuss The Topic – What Anxiety Does To Your Heart!