A young woman recently asked me this question. I can answer that from personal experience -- YES! I've been struggling with depression for the past several months, and I've dealt with some depression in the past. God has allowed me to experience for a short time what some women deal with for years. Recently I am feeling better -- like I'm coming out of a fog.
But, don't take my word for it. Search God's Word. What does He have to say about depression? Look at the Psalms for evidence of depression in King David, the one God called a man after His own heart. David obviously struggled with his feelings AND was honest and transparent enough to write about it. I'm so glad. Reading his Psalms lets me know I'm not alone.
Psalm 13 -- David writes, "How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and everyday have sorrow in my heart?"
Psalm 22 -- David begins with these words, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Psalm 42 -- Another author asks, "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?"
The prophet Elijah was depressed after his great victory on Mount Carmel. Read about it in 1 Kings 19.
Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. He penned these words in Jer 4:19.
"Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain.
Oh, the agony of my heart!
My heart pounds within me . . . "
Perhaps you've been told that if your faith was strong enough you wouldn't be depressed. Those words are hard to hear. (And you won't be hearing them from me.) When others question your faith, remember that great men of faith struggled with their emotions too. Sometimes we can work through depression with God's help. At other times we also need help from others. I'm thankful for the counselors, doctors and friends who have come alongside me in the past when I've needed their aid. I believe they've been part of God's provision for me during some of my weakest moments.
Can God bring glory out of the depression of a Christian? Absolutely! Watch for His hand -- even in the midst of your deepest sorrow. He is there.