God’s Work in Your Depression // Ask Pastor John

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Desiring God
11 Aug 2020

Depression is not simply black and white. There are many degrees of discouragement, and God is able to provide help in them all.

One anonymous young woman writes in with a question. “Hello Pastor John! I’m normally an optimistic person and full of life. But lately it has been such a struggle to even want to get out of bed in the mornings. I’m a student at BCS, and I am very grateful for all the lessons God is teaching me here, but I dread going to class. This is so discouraging because I moved many miles so that I could come to this school. Deep down I don’t doubt God still wants me here, but I don’t think he wants me to have this attitude about life.

“Is this depression? I have almost no motivation for anything. I have been praying, and I will keep praying for God to be my strength but how do you fight when you don’t feel like fighting? Each morning brings with it a desire to stay in bed for days so I don’t have to face life. I truly hate feeling this way because I feel I have lost my joy in God’s will for me. I feel oppressed by the powers of this dark world, and I don’t see an escape. I really appreciate you answering such hard questions. It helps me remember that by no means am I the only warrior in this fight against the devil.”

Episode 1046: https://www.desiringgod.org/in....terviews/gods-work-i

Related Resources:

“How Can God Be Sovereign and Good and Allow Suffering?” https://youtu.be/a-9RPTPnIR0

“What Hope Does God Offer in My Depression?” https://youtu.be/huOp25VtYpM

“When Depression Descends, Do the Next Thing” https://youtu.be/rbPjtB-xMjM

“What Can We Say to Friends Facing Suffering?” https://youtu.be/WXIbMUS4vUE

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