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  • Shane Adkisson
  • Nov 19, 2017

Some in our community have been discussing something that all of us deal with . . . depression.  Maybe you're not dealing with it now.  And, honestly, I'm not trying to be a prophet of doom, but at some point, you will.

It's part of life.  We have ups.  We have downs.  Sometimes they're significant.

One of the reasons I love the Bible is because it is so real.  I love how God chose to paint the pictures of people in the Bible so completely.  It's photo realistic.  You not only see the great stuff, but you see the bumps, bruises and scars.  I'm drawn to that because I could never relate to all of the great stuff they did and how they were used, but I can relate to the way they blew it.

Elijah is one of those guys.  He had an incredible victory on a national stage (I Kings 18) and then things changed pretty quick.  He went from living out a phenomenal faith to being in a phenomenal funk (1 Kings 19).

It's wild to see the slide he was on.  He exaggerated the challenging situation before him.

Then, after exaggerating and focusing on it, he isolated himself.  The Bible says that he left his friend and went a days journey out into the desert, sat down under a scrawny tree and told God he wanted to die!  That's depression.

The scriptures then show how he continued by seeing himself as a victim and all alone.

We do that don't we?  "I'm the only one."  "Nobody knows how I feel"  "Nobody cares about me."  "Nobody understands how much I hurt."  "My pain will never end."

When Elijah is at his most significant point of need . . . God meets him.  In what seems to be an unlikely place--a cave.

Actually, God meets us in those places quite often.  When we really need Him.  When we finally seek Him.