God’s remedy for depression (1)
“Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” 1Ki 19:7 NIV
Take care of your physical needs. Elijah was exhausted, so he stretched out under a tree and fell asleep. “All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again” (vv. 5-6 NIV). Then the angel came to him a second time and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you” (v. 7 NIV). So he ate and drank and was strengthened by the food. You can exhaust yourself in a good cause and pray until you’re blue in the face, but it won’t do any good until you learn to exercise wisdom concerning the physical needs of your body. God’s initial remedy for Elijah’s depression called for a change of diet and proper rest. A good night’s sleep or a vacation does wonders for your attitude. Be wise; when you’re physically and mentally drained, you’re vulnerable. Notice, God didn’t scold Elijah by saying, “You coward! What are you doing here in the desert?” No, He restored him physically. And that was the starting point. So if you’re depressed, your first step toward recovery may be to get in shape physically. Take care of your health needs. Perhaps you need to change your diet, get more sleep, or begin an exercise program. Physical health has a profound influence on your moods. Can God heal you in answer to prayer? Yes! (See Jas 5:14). But He expects you to use faith—and wisdom!