Theme in the Bible – Christian Depression
After the great miracle on Mount Carmel Elijah had a lot of problems with his emotions. Jezebel threatened to kill him and he fled for his life. This great man of God that had seen God’s power in such a mighty way just recently, forgot about God’s greatness and sat under a bush feeling sorry for himself. He had no faith that God would take care of him and protect him.
But God has something for Elijah….He wanted him to eat some food for strength and the God send Him away on a mission.
This is a great “Christian depression lesson”. To read about people in the Bible going through things similar to our own can help a lot. Reading about Elijah is a great help for depressed and has helped me many times. Even if we are a Christian depression and discouragement can hit us. We sometimes are like Elijah, sitting under a bush feeling sorry for our selves. But that is never Gods plan for us. God wants us to rise up, get strength from eating from the word of God, from Jesus himself (Jesus is called the bread of life) and then do what God wants us to do!
Example from the Bible – Christian depression
Eliajah runs away
And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
Eliajah is feeling sorry for himself
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. We do not know if Elijah was depressed the way we think because the word depression is not in the Bible, but someone who want God to finish his life like Elijah did, you must say suffer from great emotional pain!
An angel came with help for the “depressed” and discouraged Eliajah
And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
God spoke to the Elijah
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.
And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
(1Ki 19:1-15 KJV)