TEXT: 1 Kings 19: 1-4
OUTLINE: Elijah, being worried to a point of depression, requested that he may
die; verse 4b.
CONTENT: Most of us, at times feel depressed, even if we might be encouraged by
friends. There are many causes for depression, like the loss of loved ones; stress; health and
bad eating habits; drugs that captivate and pushes one further into depression, which ends in
Many of the Bible leaders went through times of depression. Moses when freeing and
leading a disgruntled nation of Israelites; Jonah who disobeyed God by taking matters into his
own hands; Elijah who won many victories for God, 1 Kings 18; yet he too went into depression
trying to prove to an unbelieving nation who God is. Often these mountain top experiences are
followed by opposite results, ending in depression because of others letting off unproductive
remarks or issuing threats like Jezebel did in the passage before us.
Elijah fled from Jezebel’s wrath to Beersheba, then into the wilderness; there God sent
angels to minister to him, to provide him food, water, and shelter. There are challenges in
leadership. God only gives tolerance to those He knows are capable to do the job. Be ready to
listen to God and disregard what negative ideas others may have.
Do not stop whatever good God enables you to do. God encouraged Elijah by telling him
that there was more with him than he thought. There are physical and practical things to do to
invigorate you. Eat and drink to fill and refresh you. When you know who the source of your life
is, you like Elijah must obey even if obstacles occur. Be the channel for what God wants you to
be; “Go forth” in hope.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, Philippians 4: 13.