Depression is at an all time high in today’s high paced, selfie society today with suicide rates sky rocketing along with it. How has this become such an epedimic? Some studies have been looking at the correlation between social media and the search for happiness. It is when a person looks at the screen and sees other people looking happy and having fun do they feel isolated and unhappy with their own life. The more a person focuses on other people and trying to find happiness within the mess of society today, the deeper into depression that descend.
“Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,”
Psalms 146:5 NKJV
One of the big deals many physiologist have been suggesting as a root problem within the climb of depression is what we perceive as happiness today. A hundred years ago, even only fifty years ago people’s idea of happiness was much different from today. With technology, instant travel, TV, sports, etc., we have come to a point of materialist happiness.
The simplicity of latter years was one key to a happier society even though life was actually much more difficult during those days, and things took much longer to do and TV and air conditioning were some sci fi concept. The more we make life complex and focus on gathering things and people we then become reliant on these things to bring us happiness, rather than finding happiness and joy within life itself.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.”
Psalms 42:5 NKJV
Another factor to the deepening depression problem is the fact that when you take God out of the equation you have then added in hopelessness, which is one of the greater causes of depression and suicide. Without hope we become prone to viewing life as a hopeless vessel carrying us off to nowhere and to nothing. Without hope there is no purpose, and thus no meaning to life itself which many times leads to suicide.
In order to find happiness in a fallen world we must first set our sights back on God, only there will we find true hope and purpose. Then we need to put simplicity back into our life. I am not talking about being simple minded necessarily, but rather simple living and finding the joy in the small things, the everyday things.
We need to be able to wake up and praise God for blessing us with another day to glorify Him and to touch other people’s lives with the hope and joy we have found within Him. We need to be able to go outside and take a deep breathe and bask in the beauty of nature and life itself while being detach from the devices we cherish so much today. We must put away the idols and cling to the Lord in order to find the peace and joy we seek so much.
“Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, Praise the name of the LORD!”
Psalms 113:1 NKJV
Are you ready to enter into the joy of the Lord?