Elijah (Elias), who'd been fearless for three years, became frightened when Jezebel threatened his life. So he ran to the desert, where he became depressed and said he had enough and for the Lord to take his life (see 1 Kings 19:4). Elijah became a prime candidate for depression when he got physically tired, emotionally drained, and felt threatened. He was a basket case of emotional problems: fear, resentment, guilt, anger, loneliness, and worry. And the Bible says, "Elijah was a man just like us." He wrestled with the same problems we do. He got so depressed that he wanted to die! Why do we get ourselves into such emotional messes? Sometimes it's because of what happens to us—bad circumstances that occur in our lives. But more often it's due to faulty thinking. The truth is our emotions are generated by our thoughts, and when we think in destructive ways we are going to feel depressed. Our emotions spring from how we interpret life, and if you always see things from a negative viewpoint you're going to get down. To rid yourself of harmful emotions you must learn to change the way you think. That's why the Bible talks about being "transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). To overcome depression you must learn to correct your wrong thinking and attitudes about life. In the words of Jesus, when you know the truth...the truth will set you free (see John 8:32). Looking at things from the right point of view—God's viewpoint—is the path to overcoming depression.
"And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:39-40)
God has promised us that Jesus will not forsake anyone that God has given Him. God has given us to Jesus, we are His prized possession and Satan will not be able to snatch any of us from His grasp. We have been granted eternal life in heaven with God! Praise the Lord! Exalt His name for He is full of grace and mercy!
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