In the Wilderness of Depression

In the Wilderness of Depression
April 8, 2018
Passage: 1 Kings 19
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What is Depression?

There are different kinds of depression.

  1. Caused by a chemical imbalance.
  2. Or described as worry, anxiety, sadness, feeling discourages.

"Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad." - Proverbs 12:25

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." -Matthew 11:28-30

Elijah in the Wilderness of Depression
1 Kings 19

The Circumstances

  • Threatened. vs. 1-4
  • Hiding. vs. 9-13
  • Depressed. v. 14
  • He thought he alone was faithful to God.

The Lord's Reply

"Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him..." -1 Kings 19:18

  • The same thing happens to many Christians today.
  • Depression/ discouragement has led many to become unfaithful themselves.

How Elijah Got Over It

  • Food. vs. 5-7
  • Rest. v. 6
  • Quietness. v. 8
  • Work. vs. 15-16
  • Fellowship. (Sent him Elisha) vs. 19-21

When you feel alone, remember"

"for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." - Hebrews 13:5-6

When life gets you down as a Christian.

  • Rest
  • Eat
  • Work
  • Fellowship

Moses in the Wilderness
Exodus 3 & 4

The Circumstances

  • Fled from Egypt. Hebrews 11:23-27
  • Dwelling in Sinai Desert.
  • Disillusioned? Acts 7:25
  • Felt Defeated?
  • Felt Rejected?
  • Felt Inadequate?

If I feel inadequate

  • I need stronger faith!
  • God can do a lot a little!
  • For when I am weak, then am I strong, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Moses' Excuses

  • Who am I? 3:1
  • Who are you? 3:13
  • They won't accept me. 4:1
  • I'm not eloquent. 4:10

God's Answers

  • Have faith. 3:12
  • I am God. 3:14
  • What is in your hand? 4:2
  • Aaron will speak. 4:11-17

The Cure for those in the Wilderness of Depression

  • Trust God
  • Work
  • Proper Diet & Rest
  • Fellowship

Israel in the Wilderness
Numbers 13&14

  • Lost Faith. 13:31-33
  • Wandering. 14:28-29
  • Ultimately died in the wilderness.


  • You don't have to die in the wilderness!
  • God LOVES you! You are of great Value to God! His Power is great!
  • God's statement of love. Luke 4:18-19
  • Our statement of love. John 14:15

Introduction adapted  from Mid-Mo Bible camp lesson by Jonny Scaggs on Dealing With Depression
Photo by Francisco Moreno on Unsplash
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