Tag: Elijah

Taking the Initiative Against Depression

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable. He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat. If we were never depressed, we would not be alive— only material things don’t suffer depression. If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity for happiness and exaltation. There are things in life that are designed to depress us; for example, things that are associated with death. Whenever you examine yourself, always take into account your capacity for depression.

When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to do the most ordinary things imaginable. Depression tends to turn us away from the everyday things of God’s creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simple things— things we would never have imagined God was in, but as we do them we find Him there. The inspiration that comes to us in this way is an initiative against depression. But we must take the first step and do it in the inspiration of God. If, however, we do something simply to overcome our depression, we will only deepen it. But when the Spirit of God leads us instinctively to do something, the moment we do it the depression is gone. As soon as we arise and obey, we enter a higher plane of life.

by Oswald Chambers

 

Your Heartbroken Cry

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

Do you believe God is willing to come quickly to solve your problem? Here is where many Christians fall short. They know God has all they need and they admit he cares. But when he doesn’t answer their cry right away, they think of all kinds of reasons why he must not be willing to come to their aid.

On Mount Carmel, Elijah spoke confidently of his God. He taunted the prophets of Baal by accusing their god of child neglect: “[They] called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, ‘O Baal, hear us!’ But there was no voice; no one answered. . . . And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, ‘Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.’

“So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom . . . until the blood gushed out on them. . . . But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention” (1 Kings 18:26–29).

Hear these words again: “There was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention.”
What Elijah described is exactly how we accuse God. We pray, we cry aloud to God, but we go our way, not believing he has heard us. We walk away from the Lord’s presence — away from the secret closet of prayer — wondering if he has paid attention to our cries.

The Lord is always ready to hear and answer our cry for help. I love what David said of him: “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. . . . In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me” (Psalm 86:5, 7).

God is waiting for your heartbroken cry, uttered in childlike faith.

by David Wilkerson