Jesus brings deliverance to those who are weighed down

Published 8:28 am Thursday, February 2, 2023

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: I am a social worker and a Christian. While I have to follow certain regulations in dealing with people, I want to help them know who can truly help them in their deep moments of depression, which is an epidemic. The world turns to drugs; I pray they will turn to Jesus. — S.W.

Dear S.W.: While battles rage around the world and storms gather in the human spirit, depression steals rest from our souls. This is an unfolding phenomenon that grips hearts with indescribable fear. Society is caught up in a powerful windstorm by turning to drugs to calm their hearts and minds, many times with a doctor’s help. There is widespread anxiety in people’s hearts today. Volumes could be written on the problem of drug addiction. The Bible warns that these flights from reality bring no lasting satisfaction.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), anti-depressants are among the most prescribed drugs in the United States. Sometimes called the “designer drug,” one physician stated, “It’s hard to believe that so many people are depressed, or that antidepressants are the answer.” This doctor is wise, indeed. Drugs are not the answer to man’s troubled condition. There is only one answer to the travail of this present age, and it is found in the pages of God’s Word, the Bible.
While it is important to be under the responsible care of physicians when battling emotional trauma, do not dismiss the peace of mind that comes from the Great Physician. Jesus brings deliverance to those who are weighed down. The Bible encourages us to think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. It is good medicine for our minds and hearts (see Philippians 4:8).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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