Elijah Ė Remaining Steadfast Through Uncertainty
Lesson 10: "Godís Counseling Model" I Kings 19:9-18
"And after the fire came a gentle whisper." I Kings 19:12
Elijahís problems were more than physical
- From Beersheba to Horeb was about 200 miles. Only 5 miles a day!
- This was the man who outran a chariot for 20 miles!
- What is it about deserts? (Moses, Jesus, etcÖ)
- Elijah was feeling alone (v.9-10)
- Why Mt. Horeb? (i.e. Mt. Sinai)
The Lordís first counseling session
- With his question, God gave Elijah a chance to express his feelings (v.9-10)
- Elijah had been zealous for God, but Elijahís depression distorted his views. He wasnít the only one left. (Obadiah, prophets, etcÖ)
- Even though Godís question might have been to remind Elijah that he came to Horeb without Godís leading, God was not judgmental.
The Lordís Counsel
- The Lord was not in the wind
- The Lord was not in the earthquake (recall Exod. 19:18)
- The Lord was not in the fire (recall Mt. Carmel)
- Why the display of Godís power? God really was there, He caused it all.
- Why the gentle whisper? (v. 12)
The Lordís second counseling session
- Again, God asked the same question. Elijah gave the same answer. So had anything changed? (v. 13-14)
- After giving Elijah a chance to just express himself, God gently reminded Elijah he was not really alone (v. 15-18), and that there were others to help him.
#1) Physical exhaustion can contribute to depression
#2) We all need opportunities to vent our negative feelings in a nonjudgmental setting
#3) To overcome depression, we must understand and face reality
#4) Inaccurate theological perspectives can contribute significantly to depression
- Godís normal ways of communicating Ė focus on God Himself
- Godís normal ways of communicating Ė focus on ourselves
- Godís normal ways of communicating Ė focus on Godís grace
- Godís normal ways of communicating Ė focus on Godís plan
For next week, read I Kings 19:12-21 and II Kings 2:1-14