We’ve been hearing a lot from the Prophet Jeremiah lately, and it looks like that will be continuing for awhile as well. Jeremiah’s writing is often dark, depressed, and generally forces us to look at life through the eyes of one who is not enjoying life much in that moment. Jeremiah didn’t often get to give good news.
I think, though, that such views are important to keep in mind. Depression is a real thing in our world, and despite what some Pastors might tell you, faith is not an instant cure for it. Rather, faith is an aid IN it, and God a constant companion.
Depression, and similar mental problems, are not cured by our faith, but God remains steadfast with us even when we are not capable of being similarly steadfast. Clouds can hide the sun, but that does not mean the Sun is gone.
So if you are dealing with depression in this time, it does not mean something is wrong with your faith. Faith is for people who are struggling, not just those for whom everything is going well. Hopefully, our sermons and lessons in these days can help us with that.