“It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” (I Kings 19:4)
The children of God should surely be relieved from depression. The devil will bring several weaknesses and make one lose interest in doing big things for God and finally resorting to death out of frustration.
Only the previous day, Elijah challenged the false prophets of Baal on the Mount Carmel by categorically declaring that ‘God who answers by fire is God.’ He killed them too. The same Elijah who was at that high level was pulled down by the devil to say “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” sitting under a broom tree. The devil brought in such a slide in him. When dejection comes, we lose the spirit of interest. Elijah who did heroic adventures in the Mount Carmel turned a coward so soon and was lying as a coward under a broom tree. How could one explain this?
These things could happen when one stops looking at God and slides to look at evil people like Jezebel. Peter was a disciple of Jesus but when his attention shifted from Jesus towards the roaring waves of the sea, he had to immerse in sea water. Never mind about the situations and the oppositions but look at God. You will never stumble and fall. David says “I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved (Psalm 16:8).
Paul had numerous Godly revelations. But a thorn in the flesh was always picking him. He called that thorn in the flesh as ‘messenger of satan.’ (II Corinthians 12:7). But God said “Do not look at the thorn but look at my grace. If you value the thorn highly as the messenger of satan, it’s pricking on you will also be more. When you think of God’s grace, you will get sufficient grace to overcome the thorn. You can rejoice in the grace of Christ if you praise God and glorify him, giving no place for depression.
Dear children of God, never mind over the burdens cast upon you. “Cast your burden on the LORD and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22). Never worry over the sorrows you have now. “….. casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (I Peter 5:7).
Dear children of God, stand against all the powers, disbeliefs and discouragements of the devil. Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Then he will run away.
To meditate: “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5)