Cause my memory is something I forget with, for some reason…
OK I am just very grateful for an insight I’ve just been given.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4 talks about Jah being the God of all comforts and that being comforted by Him, we can go and comfort others.
Those can be just words, with no meaning, right? Let’s reflect a little.
I remember a friend quoting this to me in Guadeloupe after we had shared stories about our bad luck in love (for want of a better expression). We knew what it was like to have dreams about someone and see them shattered. So naturally we empathized with each other. Empathy itself is comforting. Knowing that someone sees where we are coming from, understands more than our words can convey makes us feel less odd or alone.
But I learned more tonight. I never thought of faithful servants of God like Moses or Elijah as having bouts of depression. But it seems they did (so did Rebekah, Job, Jacob…). The bible says that they wanted to die on occasions.
The account that impresses me is Elijah. Zealous, faithful, dynamic prophet of God, having seen incredible signs from God such as the burning of a drenched altar, the end of a 3 and a half year drought (and more, all because he prayed God for them). But when Jezabel threatens him with death (and starts killing all the other prophets she can find), he flees for his life. His faith seems to have all disappeared.
He then feels worthless, alone, discouraged….depressed. He just sleeps.
What does God do? He gently wakes him up and feeds him. Then he allows Elijah to pour out his feelings to Him. Then He strengthens Elijah’s faith with more signs. But not reproachingly. All with love and consideration. In time, He gets Elijah back on track.
It’s a good framework to follow when depressed or helping the depressed: nourishing food, rest, prayer, gentle manners, study.
But this account just puts it in technicolor for me how Jah really IS the God of all comforts. These are not just words. God’s love and wisdom are clearly shown in his handling of Elijah, I feel!
If you’d like to read it, the account is in 1 Kings Chapter 195 days ago