Sandra from New Zealand in Watercolor Dreams wrote:
“Depression has it’s roots in bitterness. If we truly lay it all out on the table, depression comes because we are dissatisfied with our lives and responsibilities. Do we watch TV and movies that reflect the exciting lifestyles out there, the money we could be earning if we had a job, the clothes we could buy and wear if only we had the extra income. Do the ads on TV cause your children to become selfish and want this new toy or gadget? Do they want label clothing because cousin Mary has them, or a friend has the latest secret diary?”
That is from her article To Homeschool or Not.
Even if you don’t homeschool the quote about depression is so accurate. But it doesn’t even have to be about the more obvious material things. Sometimes people become depressed when relationships don’t meet their expectations. Or maybe even when God doesn’t meet your expectation of being the “genie in the bottle” granting your every prayer request. If we have a right relationship with God what reason could we have of being depressed.
Spurgeon said in his sermon:
A Sermon for the Most Miserable of Men – Psa. 77:2
“Let none of us give way to an irritable, complaining, mournful temperament. It is the giving way which is the master-mischief; for it is only as we resist this devil that it will flee from us. Let not your heart be troubled. If the troubles outside the soul toss your vessel and drive her to and fro, yet, at least, let us strain every nerve to keep the seas outside the bark, lest she sink altogether. Cry with David, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?” Ps 42:5,11; 43:5. Never mourn unreasonably. Question yourself about the causes of your tears; reason about the matter till you come to the same conclusion as the psalmist, “Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him.” Depend upon it, if thou canst believe in God, thou hast, even in thy soul’s midnight, ten times more cause to rejoice than to sorrow. If thou canst humbly lie at Jesus’ feet, there are more flowers than thorns ready to spring up in thy pathway; joys lie in ambush for thee; thou shalt be compassed about with songs of deliverance. Therefore, companions in tribulation, give not way to hopeless sorrow; write no bitter things against yourselves; salute with thankfulness the angel of hope, and say no more, “My soul refused to be comforted” Ps 77:2.”
“Why does a living man complain?” Lamentations 3:39
“You have no reason to complain, as long as you are out of hell. Do you murmur, because you are under pain and sickness? Nay, bless God, you are not there where the worm never dies! Do you grudge, that you are not in so good a condition in the world as some of your neighbors are? Be thankful, rather, that you are not in the condition of the damned! Is your money gone from you? Thank God that the fire of His wrath has not consumed you! Kiss the rod, O sinner! and acknowledge mercy!
(Thomas Boston, “Human Nature in its Fourfold State” 1676–1732)”