“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10).
Even the powerful Elijah was inflicted with depression. That is why he ran out of Samaria, sat under a broom tree and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”
This Elijah is not an ordinary person. He is the one to raise the dead to life. He is the one to make the fire descend from heaven and prove that ‘the Lord is God.’ He single-handedly cut down Baal’s prophets numbering eight hundred and fifty. The word ‘Elijah’ means ‘God is my strength.’ He was always filled with piety. Even he was captured by the spirit of depression.
Some people have the depression over the ministry; the depression that ‘what big thing I achieved by leading a holy life; what is the use of earning by toiling day and night for the sake of my wife and?’ These things make them lose their interest in life and thus become the living dead.
The contact of David with Bathsheba brought sin and curse. Nathan, the prophet pointed out ‘You shall surely die.’ He prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me by your generous Spirit” (Psalms 51:10, 11, 12).
If you give space for the spirit of depression, it will cause self-pity to come to you. Slowly you will slide away from God. Condemn the spirit of depression. Solomon the wise says, “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction” (Proverbs 3:11).
Even today, God shows His mercy to you. He wants to lift you up from the depression. “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might, He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31).
God sent His angel to Elijah to relieve him from the depression and gave him the food of the heaven also. He encouraged him saying that he had to go a long distance. God always stands beside you and so you need not get depressed. Rise up for doing great things for God.
To meditate: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (II Corinthians 4:16).