Today as we take a break from our normal posts, I encourage you to be still for just a few minutes and take some time to meet with God. God is all around us; we just have to take the time to experience Him. Psalm 46:10 encourages us to, “Be still and know that I am God.”
“Get up and eat.” – I Kings 19:5
In this passage we find Elijah facing a bit of depression…something I’m sure most of us have faced ourselves. In the previous verse Elijah tells the Lord, “I have had enough, LORD. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” I don’t know about you but it’s good to know that I’m not alone in this life. I find comfort in knowing that someone else has faced similar circumstances.
This statement, “Get up and eat,” from the angel of the Lord is so simple and yet we can each apply it to our lives. In his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers says, “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.”
I don’t know about you but those are powerful words to my heart. Let’s read them again. “If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity for happiness and exaltation.” In order for me to enjoy the good times, I must endure the hard times.
Much like Elijah, when we are facing the difficult days, the Lord tells us to do the simple things. Oswald goes on to say, “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. When the Spirit of God leads us to instinctively do something, the moment we do it the depression is gone. As soon as we arise, we enter a higher plane of life.”
When you face those days of depression, and you will, remember that God is only asking you to get up.