Summary: Elijah’s experience tells us that no matter how saved you are you’re going to have some bad days. Your faith will be tried, there are seasons in your life when you will question what you believe, when you will doubt your faith.
So you need to know the word for yourself cause when you stand before God on judgment day you can’t stand with the preacher; as matter of fact there’s some preacher’s you may not want to stand with. You got to face God by yourself so you better get to know him and his word for yourself.
On Mount Carmel it was Elijah against 450 prophets of the idol god Baal. God was so powerful on Mount Carmel that fire fell from heaven, burned up the false prophets, burned up the altar built for their false god, and still the Ahab & Jezebel would not repent.
It was in the midst of this victory that Jezebel sent word to Elijah telling him by this same time tomorrow I’m going to make sure your dead. And the word says Elijah ran into the wilderness. Let me pause here and say there are three kinds of people in the world: those who are in the wilderness, those who have just come out of the wilderness, and those who are headed into the wilderness.
Every life spends sometime in the wilderness. You may be alright today, but there is some wilderness time waiting on you. And in the wilderness Elijah sat down under a juniper tree and told God to kill him. It is enough, 0 Lord, take away my life.
Elijah had come to the point where he had to ask life’s most difficult question: How did I get where I am which is so far from where I am supposed to be?
Elijah’s experience tells us that no matter how saved you are you’re going to have some bad days. In case you didn’t know it brothers and sisters salvation is not isolation and our text proves that. For this is not some sinner reaping the consequences of their behavior. This is not some believer who strayed from the path of righteousness. This is God’s child! This is God’s servant suffering for being in God’s will.
It says to us that as a believer your faith will be tried. There are seasons in your life when you will question what you believe, when you will doubt your faith. And perhaps that’s why God moved it upon the writer to pen:
Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress
And the way grows weary and long?
Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?
Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?
Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?
And the response comes:
Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.
Listen, all of us are tested on different levels. Elijah went through an experience that many of the other prophets did not encounter and vice versa. And so it is not given to us to be unsympathetic to people because their reaction is not your reaction. Seasons of depression do not make a believer less than a Christian.