Here's another mistake that triggered Elijah's depression: He exaggerated the negative. It's that old "everybody's against me!" thinking. The fact is, almost nobody was against Elijah. Only one person opposed him, and her threat wasn't real. Queen Jezebel didn't dare kill Elijah. Think about it: If she'd really intended to kill him she wouldn't have sent a messenger to warn him, she'd have sent a hit man! Jezebel feared Elijah's influence. If he'd ended up a martyr, that would have increased his influence and likely caused a revolution. Having just witnessed what God did to the prophets of Baal, Jezebel was probably afraid of what God would do to her if she touched His prophet. So her words were empty threats. But instead of stopping to realistically evaluate the situation, Elijah ran away. When we're depressed we tend to exaggerate the negative. In reality, Elijah wasn't the only person still faithful to God. There were seven thousand other prophets who hadn't succumbed to pagan religion (see v.18), but Elijah exaggerated the problem and ended up sinking lower than ever. If you feel depressed today, put your trust in God. Rise up and say, 'This too shall pass. What does not destroy me will only make me stronger." Here's a promise you can stand on with complete confidence: "Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!" (Psalm 31:19).
"Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you." (Proverbs 1:23)
Trust in God. Turn to Him. Be of repentant heart. Put your faith in God and He will be your God and you will be His child. No more shall you stand at odds with Him as a hater of righteousness, but He will bring you to new life, calling you His son and clothing you in holy purity. How wonderful!
Week #42 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 28-30
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 21-24
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 120-121
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 31
Thursday: (Prophecy) Nahum
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 7-8
Saturday: (Letters) Hebrews 11-13