First off, a disclaimer, just as diabetes is a legitimate medical issue depression can be a legitimately chemical issue due to the degeneration of our bodies. That said, the diagnosable depression is not what is going to be discussed here although the ideas and topics introduced may still help and should be pondered and prayed about.
In Beth Moore’s Bible study on Daniel she introduces the concept of ‘toasting unholy causes’. This idea stems from the fact that we, as Christians, are all God’s holy vessels, which are cups or goblets, and that He desires to use for good (2 Timothy 2:20-21). In Daniel 5:3-4 Belshazzar takes the holy cups that were taken from God’s temple and uses them to toast his gods. In the same way we oftentimes take our ‘vessels,’ our bodies or our minds, and use them to give praise to things that are unholy. Those things in life that continually knock you down, that get in your way of ministry, that cloud your view of God are all unholy causes. Sometimes those things seem so small and even part of our makeup but they are not. We were not created to have monsters inside us that need to be kept at bay there are only monsters that need to be slain. Depression is one of them. When we allow ourselves to have a day or two of wallowing in sadness, turning our backs on the world and sticking our heads under the covers we are using our minds and bodies to toast things that God never designed for us. Especially when, oftentimes, that one day we allow ourselves turns into a week of purposeless, directionless, and selfish thoughts and actions. God wants to use us for so much more than that. It is not something we were meant to have to deal with over and over again as we allow this monster to show its head, God means for us to be victorious over it once and for all. James 1:13-18 tells us that God does not sin nor does He tempt anyone to do so. If then our maladies are what tempts us to sin, to throw off our calling to love and serve God and others, then we can know that it does not come from the hand of God but the lies of satan.
There are many other things that satan lures us to toast with our holy vessels all of which will continue to cause pain and suffering in our own lives as we cling to them. This is exactly the reason satan wants us to think that it is part of who we are, he wants us hurting and incapable of successfully doing the work God created us to do. Some other unholy causes would be anorexia/bulimia, substance use/abuse including alcohol or cigarettes, premarital sex, adultery, the love of money, gossip, envy, anxiety and fear just to name a few. In Christ we are capable of being victorious, we can slay our monsters, with His help and our willingness to submit our unholy causes to Him, we can finally be free to do the good works we were created for. Taking the time to ponder and pray about what unholy causes we are toasting in our life is very important because oftentimes they are the last thing we would think of on our own.