Thursday, we saw words and those words were on this blog and they explained how depression and anxiety can be identified and treated through many various means, including nutrition. Anxiety and Depression are often symptoms of low thyroid. Low thyroid symptoms are often reversible by eating more saturated fats and less carbs in one’s diet, according to Dr Justin Marchegiani. Today, we are looking at depression and anxiety from the perspective of the Bible. Hope and peace are in one way the opposites (or enemies) of anxiety and depression. The Bible calls those who believe, to hope in Christ and peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7).
The Bible calls those who believe, to hope in Christ and peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Isaiah 24 – 27 is known as the Isaiah apocalypse. This is an Old Testament telling of how the world shall meet its end! Buh buh buuuuh!!!! The point of the book of Isaiah is to show what must come before peace. Before this point, the book shows how judgement must come before we have peace. After this story of world’s end, the book of Isaiah shows that hope must come before peace. God must humble us to our breaking point, then He can offer us the hope of an eternity of joy with Him.
God must humble us to our breaking point, then He can offer us the hope of an eternity of joy with Him.
The high-lights of these chapters are 24:7-10, 24:21, 25:12, 26:3&4, 26:10, 27:1, and 27:4&5. Its also extremely important to notice that all four chapters are “punctuated with songs of praise.” This is an important theme in all Biblical literature that speaks of the end times. When everything is seemingly coming to an end, God brings joy, peace, hope, and a reason to sing. When the world is crashing down in our lives, we look to God’s refuge and look for the small things. In Zechariah 4:10, we are told not to despise the days of small things. In context, this scripture was speaking to Jews who just came out of exile and were complaining about the new temple that was built because it wasn’t as large as the last. Sometimes our world is burned down and we feel like it’s the end times but God gives us tiny beakers of hope. The Bible is clear that we are to look for these days of small things and rejoice, even if things aren’t as good as they once were. I heard a friend tell me recently that anything short of hell is mercy.
Sometimes our world is burned down and we feel like it’s the end times but God gives us tiny beakers of hope. The Bible is clear that we are to look for these days of small things and rejoice, even if things aren’t as good as they once were.
In Isaiah 24:7-10, we see people turning to alcohol in their anguish and the Bible says the strong drink is bitter to them. People who drink alcohol or take depressants to deal with depression or anxiety, caused by the world crashing down around them, will find no joy. Alcohol only allows us to wallow in our misery; God is against this! God wishes hope for us and so He must judge us and bring our world down so that we can depend on a different source of refuge than these things.
*Remember, as shown in Thursday’s post, comfort foods can have the same effects as alcohol in this regard.
Chapter 24, verse 21 speaks of heaven also being judged, this likely is included to show that this final judgment is on everything! It is important to remember we are not the only one who’s world is coming down. Everyone goes through these times and everyone must be convicted by God. And this judgment can be a way to find peace after we have been humbled. This is also why the Moabites were singled out in judgment in verse 12 of chapter 25. The Moabites built a huge wall to protect themselves and in this passage they represent self-reliance. Many of us build up walls around our hearts and try to not let anyone in, but God wishes to destroy those walls and bring our self-reliance to a breaking point that can produce humility and reliance on God.
God wishes to destroy (those) walls and bring our self-reliance to a breaking point that can produce humility and reliance on God.
Chapter 26, verses 3&4 is where Isaiah chooses to stress trusting in the LORD, as a lifestyle. And in this section he uses the words for peace and LORD twice each to stress that becoming reliant on God is the way to peace. This is why God had to judge and punish us and bring down the walls of our hearts, so that we can learn to trust Him and achieve peace that surpasses understanding. This also is why, in verse 10, we see the righteous rejoice at judgment. We do not rejoice because “they had it coming to them!” but instead rejoicing occurs because now that their world has came crashing down, they have an opportunity to ask forgiveness from the merciful God orchestrating all of these events.
Then, we see this amazing scene where God comes and slays the great leviathan! God takes His mighty sword, the Bible, and kills this beast. This is verse 1 of chapter 27. This leviathan represented the enemy from the garden, he represented temptation, and he represented chaos (as did the sea from whence he emerged). But the LORD has a mighty sword to kill the enemies of our lives, a powerful sword to kill the temptations that come against us, and an awesome sword to slay any chaos in our lives. Chaos is what causes anxiety. The LORD wishes to slay anything that may cause anxiety in our lives – hormonal imbalances (God can heal them), family problems, deaths, work or school anxiety, or anything else that may cause us angst or depression! All we have to do is trust in the LORD and His word, and remember that this trust is a lifestyle.
The LORD wishes to slay anything that may cause anxiety in our lives
Finally in verses 4&5, we see this trust must be a choice. We can choose to trust the LORD or to live in chaos. Those who choose chaos and cause it for others shall be slain, but those who choose God will find peace!
Our big take away then comes to the center of this passage, which is what all four chapters point back to. This main point is in chapter 25, verses 6-12. The scene here is God carving out a place in the mountain for those who trust Him. As the world meets its end, God carves out a cave in Mt Zion. Zion had always represented hope to the Jewish people. So when the world comes crashing down, we are to look to God and trust in Him and He will carve out a place of hope for us to live in! We are called to live in hope, not depression or anxiety!
When the world comes crashing down, we are to look to God and trust in Him and He will carve out a place of hope for us to live in!
The Point Is: Live a lifestyle of trust in God, look for the day of small things, and find refuge in the hope of the LORD!
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 Longman, Tremper. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Rev. ed. Vol. 6. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2006. Print.
 Barton, John. The Oxford Bible Commentary. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001. Print.
 “Dr. Constable’s Expository (Bible Study) Notes.” Dr. Constable’s Bible Study Notes and Commentary. Web. 20 Oct. 2015.