I struggle with the sin of depression. It’s been hard for me to recognize it as a sin, but Jay Adams was helpful in showing me how we need to get to the root of problems like depression (or mental illness, in many cases). Sin is a destroyer, and the effects of sin take many forms. As I’ve reflected on what causes me to be depressed, I submit the following:
Depression comes of not trusting in the Lord for the future and/ or in not resting/ rejoicing in what He has provided now. Being anxious and being discontent produce a feeling of paralysis (even a visceral, empty feeling in my stomach) and depression. But, when I take my eyes of myself and my problems, trusting in the Lord, the depression vaporizes. Thanks be to God!