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Elijah, God's Cure for Blues (7 of 14)
Series: Kings on Parade
1 Kings 19
Is this the same man we studied about last Wednesday night? Is this Elijah the prophet who stood on Mount Carmel and stared down the prophets of Baal and challenged the entire nation of Israel? ''How long halt you between two opinions?'' Is this the same man who had all of that courage, all of that power? Is this the same man who is now in the grips of discouragement and despair and depression? In chapter 18 he up on the mountain. One of the highest points of his life and ministry. Now, in chapter 19 he's down in the valley, one of the lowest points in all of his life.
In James 5, verse 17 it gives us a commentary about the life of Elijah. It says this. ''Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are.'' He was a great man, but he was just a man. And he was subject to like passions as we are.
The best of us, along the way, from time to time, get a case of the blues. Maybe you came in tonight feeling a little blue. From time to time all of us are down in the dumps and we get depressed.
I'm not talking about clinical depression. That's another issue. I'm not talking about chemical imbalance. That's something else. But I'm talking about how sometimes you are just kinda down under it a little bit. You don't know why altogether, but for some reason you are just not feeling quite as joyful and happy as you feel like you ought to feel.
You'll find that in Bible characters. Some of the greats in the Bible had those periods in their life. Look at the life of Moses, the great man. Yet, you will find along the way that there were times in Moses' life when he was a little bit down. He had a case of the blues.
Paul, in the New Testament, was in Corinth and the Lord spoke to him in a vision. He said to him, ''Don't be afraid, go on speaking.'' All of the indications are that he had a little bit of a down time.
Some of the great Christians in Christian history have e ...
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