Elijah was on mission with God and he’d seen God do great things. But one day he found himself in a new place…
1. Discouragement, burnout or depression can happen to the best of us and is not something that only affects non-Christians or weak Christians (cf. Apostle Paul’s experience in 2 Cor 1:8-11)!
2. It can happen apparently unexpectedly (see ch.18) – although burnout and depression are most likely the result of/related to underlying issues that have been there for some time.
3. Remember that God is gracious and loving in his approach to you (vv5-8).
4. The short term answer may be as simple as the need for good food and sleep (vv5-6).
5. Be aware that during a difficult time you may not be seeing things clearly/accurately (vv10,14 & 18).
6. An important part of God’s remedy for you is time spent consciously in His presence (vv11-13) – through time alone with Him and/or through the Christian community/corporate worship.
7. Don’t shrug off your experience as unimportant – it could be that God wants to communicate something new or significant to you through this time (vv15-18).
…And don’t be a loner like Elijah! Find someone you can trust and talk to about what you’re going through.