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Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me (4 of 5)
Series: Elijah: A Man for our Time
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
1 Kings 19: 1-19
1. Elijah Runs!
A) The Faith that Abandoned Him
B) The Fear that Assailed Him
2. Elijah Resigns!
A) His Perspective was Misleading
B) His Pity was Misguided
3. Elijah Regroups!
A) His Much Needed Refreshment
1) God Prepared Him
2) God Probed Him
B) His Marvelous New Assignment
I think of a counseling center hotline voice mail message that correctly sums up how we often feel.
"Thank you for calling. If you are obsessive-compulsive, press one repeatedly. If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press two for you. If you have multiple personalities, please press three, four, five and six. If you are paranoid-delusional, remember that we know who you are; even while you have been holding, we have been tracing this call. If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice will tell you which number to press. If you are manic-depressive, it doesn't matter which number you press; no one is going to answer. Have a good day."
If you have ever experienced discouragement, doubt, defeat, disillusionment, or depression, then you are going to be able to relate to the prophet of God Elijah. He has just left the mountaintop of victory, by defeating the prophets of Baal; but now, we find him in the valley of despair.
We have seen Elijah as the Student Servant and the Stalwart Soldier, now we see him as the Sad Saint. In 1 Kings 17, we saw his humility. In 1 Kings 18, we saw his heroism. In 1 Kings 19, we see his humanity. Here, the words of James 5: 17 are proven to us, that he was a "man subject to like passions as we are."
One of the great, encouraging things about the Bible is that it does not mask over the flaws, faults, and failures of the many great giants of the faith. For example:
• When the Bible tells us about Noah who built an ark, it also tells us how Noah got drunk and was exposed before his sons. ...
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