The full article can be found here: http://www.desiringgod.org//blog/posts/god-is-with-you-in-depression

“Author Randy Alcorn is no foreigner to depression. He has journeyed through dark seasons — once for four months on end — and offers this word of hope to the Christian: “God is there with you in the depression.”

Don’t wait till the depression passes to seek God, advises Alcorn. He’s not waiting for you to come out of it before walking with you, but he’s eager to walk with you in the midst of it.

Over the years, during his seasons of depression, Alcorn has learned to lean on God’s means of grace — his word, prayer, and the support of fellow Christians — and in particular to rehearse God’s matchless promises, especially from Romans 8. If God is for us, no one can be successfully against us (Romans 8:31). We are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37). Nothing whatsoever can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35, 38–39).”

In my bouts with depression I’ve been turning to anything but God, but Randy Alcorn gives the advice to turn to Him in the midst of it. Sometimes these seasons come from the build up of many negative events, but it also comes suddenly with no warning; either way, it seems the best way to prepare for those seasons would be to daily walk with God and memorizing/rehearsing the truths found in scripture, so in those moments I can trust that God is still good. Romans 8 is especially powerful in those moments, from “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” to “nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

 

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