Profit from the Prophet
We recently read about Elijah’s depression during our morning TBC Bible study, and I was reminded of the Apostle Paul’s declaration that God allowed the Old Testament saints to go through experiences that would be examples for our admonition and edification (1 Corinthians:10:11). So what can we learn from something that took place nearly 3,000 years ago?
Consider what contributed to the prophet’s depression: 1) his weakened physical state, 2) his fear of what might happen to him, and 3) his focus upon himself, as though everything depended upon him, and him alone. God’s solution was to bring him the nourishment he needed and to give him a reality check—Elijah was reminded that God was in charge and more than able to handle his problems, and finally, that nothing depended upon Elijah. Moreover, God not only supplied his every need—He had more than a few faithful suppliers around to help him.
Therefore, when circumstances seem to overwhelm you, make sure you’re not a major contributor to your own problem. Eat right and exercise, but, above all, keep your mind set on what God’s Word says, not on what you imagine. Shift your focus from yourself to the Lord and upon serving others. And then continue in fellowship with believers who will encourage you in all the above.
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
T. A. McMahon