I hear these comments especially during this time of year…“What’s wrong with me? The things that normally make me happy aren’t. I feel more anxious and can’t enjoy the things I used to. I also feel that all my energy is drained, and the little things that I could stand all the sudden are giant catastrophes in my mind.” Are you feeling this way and just can’t seem to find the lift you need during these cold winter months? “Without the long days of sunlight, our bodies can succumb to what is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)” 1
What causes Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D)?
“Seasonal affective disorder seems to develop from inadequate bright light during the winter months. Researchers have found that bright light changes the chemicals in the brain. Exactly how this occurs and the details of its effects are being studied. “*2
There are different ways in which we can combat this seasonal mood disorder, which can be easily found by researching through web pages, the most researched is that of outdoor sunlight. Today, however, I want to talk about another S.A.D. which can be just as debilitating, even more so.
Spiritual Affective Disorder (S.A.D)
This disorder is the most debilitating of the two for it can occur all year, not just in the long dark days of fall and winter, but also throughout the summer and spring months. Although this is not a physical condition, its remedy also can be found in rays of sunlight, but in a spiritual sense. It can also cause these very same symptoms. I know. I often catch myself not getting enough spiritual sunlight throughout the year, and it can cause depression, hopelessness, moodiness, and low energy levels.
The lack of Bible study time, prayer, meditation is a lack of sunlight, pure spiritual sunlight. These are the remedies God gives us to battle the daily blues, give us renewed energy, and helps us fight the onslaught of negativism that the world throws at us each and every day. It’s not only the sorrows of the world that can get us down. Satan, who is the prince of the power of the air, the father of lies, who inhabits darkness will try to hurl negativism at us at every turn. (Ephesians 2:2, John 8:44) He convinces us (lies) that what we really need is to combat this disease is to go watch more of our favorite television shows, get more involved in sports, spend more time on social media networks….. more and more and more to the point that we squeeze out the time we so desperately need with our God, the true source of sunlight.
Do you also believe Satan’s lies? I do more often than I’d like to. I have to shake myself out of that deceptive thinking and just “Do It!” Make more one-on-one prayer time, make myself read more of God’s word, listen to more sermons, print out verses and paste them throughout the house to remind myself of God’s promises. It works! Why? Because the cure is the same as the physical S.A.D., more pure sunlight. We must, however, make the choice, and we DO have a choice, unlike what Satan would have us believe.
What does God say in His word about Light?
1 John 1:5 “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is Light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
Reading God’s word or listening to it is a source of light:
Psalms 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Meditation on his word during the night as David did brought light into his nights.
Psalms 63:6 “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.”
What kind of light does God say to put into our minds to cause us to find a cure for our troubled minds?
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
The Bible, the source of light is 1) true, 2) just, 3) pure, 4) good.
John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Psalms 12:6 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
Therefore, let us remember when the long days of winter seems to cause us to become disheartened, troubled, anxious, and feeling devoid of spiritual energy, the cure is the same…plenty of Light! One day, there will be no need of light, for God will be its Light!
Revelation 21:23 “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the Light thereof.”
In conclusion, let’s all take in the Light that God so freely gives to us when we’re feeling the effects of lack of sunlight in these cold, dark days of winter (S.A.D.)…..for that matter all our lives!
Let there be Light!
Yes, there is a devil, and he is the prince of the power of the air. Read more about our adversary here “Is There Really A Devil?”