Elijah, Just Like Us: Dealing With Depression

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It may not seem like it, but Elijah was just like us. While he did extraordinary things for God, he had to deal with them in the most ordinary ways. Studying Elijah, we can learn how to navigate the things we encounter in everyday life.



I am here today having learned from my depression. I feel as if my depression has been redeemed. Have you learned from yours? Have you allowed your pain to heal you? Here’s what I came to say today from this text: Far from invalidating you, depression can be redeemed by God to help you hear him.
— Dr. Mark Scott
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These questions are meant to challenge you in each of our Four Commitments: PRAY, SPEAK, GROW, LOVE. Use these questions to further explore the message. 

Pray—When you pray, do you find yourself praying more about what you want or what you think you need, rather than about your relationship with God? How would it change your life if you prayed regularly that God would turn your heart to him, away from other powerless, loveless things.

Speak—Who do you know that is, like you have been, limping along in life because they don’t know God? How can you speak God’s power and love into their lives this week? Make a plan to do so. Add it to your calendar or task list or whatever you do to remember things.

Grow—Today we talked about several ways to find out if we’re idol worshippers (I’d be happy if… I’d be devastated if…) or legalistic (when things don’t go my way, I’m angry or fearful of God). How did you feel about these things? Did any of them reveal a heart of idolatry or legalism? Are you using God to get something you want? Or do you truly love God for who he is?

Love—The real showdown is in our hearts: do we love ourselves, or do we love God? Explore the end results of these two loves. Where do they lead in our lives? Do they help us selflessly love others or not? How? Which one do you really want? What are some specific ways can you demonstrate the love of God to people with your regular, every day life?


May 26 Dealing With Power 1 Kings 17:1-6, 18:2-15

June 2 Dealing With Needs 1 Kings 17:7-24

June 9 Dealing With Religion 1 Kings 18:16-40

June 16 Dealing With Depression 1 Kings 19:1-18

June 23 Dealing With What’s Next 1 Kings 19:19-21

June 30 Dealing With Death 2 Kings 2:1-14