Lesson 9: "Overcoming Depression" I Kings 18:41-46,19:1-9
"I have had enough, LordÖ" I Kings 19:4
An Emotional High
Depression Ė itís a common human experience
Consider what Elijah had just experienced. The people had responded and acknowledged the one true God. Godís majesty and power had been on display in miraculous fashion. Elijah had good reason to be on an emotional high.
And now, for the first time in over 3 years, the rains come again! (18:45)
The power of God comes over Elijah, and he runs ahead of Ahabís chariot (v. 46)
A Devastating Disappointment
Again, Ahab seems unable or unwilling to stand up to his wicked queen (19:1,2)
Jezebel threatens Elijah, and gives him 24 hours head start. Was this to avoid the fate of the Baal prophets on Mt. Carmel? (v. 1-2)
Elijahís response? See v. 3. Why do you think Elijahís state of mind changed so quickly? He was truly a defeated man. (v. 4-5)
In one of Elijahís lowest moments, God comes to him, with what he needs. God had not forgotten nor forsaken his servant.
Isnít that a wonderful example of Godís compassion? No lectures, no discipline, just tender comfort.
Remember, Elijah was "a man just like us" (James 5:17)
Warning signs of depression
Often follows "mountaintop experiences"
Often follows intense periods of stress and hyperactivity
Often coincides with physical and emotional exhaustion (boundaries)
Often follows keen disappointment and disillusionment
Often results from periods of anger
#1) Being a Christian does not guarantee we wonít experience depression
Under certain circumstances, we should expect to experience depression
Depression always distorts our view of reality (I Kings 19:9)
God wants us to get sufficient rest for lifeís long haul
We are more vulnerable when we are physically and emotionally exhausted (Matt. 4)
Understanding depression can help us cope with its presence