Yesterday evening I had the privilege of attending an assembly at 6th Avenue Church of Christ in Jasper, Alabama to worship with them and hear a message from Jerry Martin. Jerry is not only a preacher, teacher, and church leader, he is also a licensed counselor. Last night he spoke on Anxiety and Depression. First let me echo his observations that depression is real. Depression is not from a lack of faith nor is it from spiritual weakness. To demonstrate this point Brother
Martin pointed us to 1 Kings 18 where Elijah defeats the 450 prophets of Ba’al and succeeded in proving that God is God and Ba’al is not. But immediately following that victory, Jezebel is out to kill Elijah. Elijah runs a days journey, finds himself hungry and in a cave. We pick up the account in. 1 Kings 19:4-8, 15-16.
“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.” And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God. . . . And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.”
Elijah is DEPRESSED. Not from a chemical imbalance, which is a separate topic, but as a result of unresolved anxiety. God provides him with the tools to overcome this depression. These tools are the same that the “books” on depression suggest.
1. Get out of the cave (house).
2. Eat nourishing food.
3. Get busy doing something that has purpose.
Now if these steps do not help, talk to a medical professional. There may be an imbalance that needs medication, just like someone with diabetes needs medicine help to maintain insulin levels in order to function.