Lets start by taking a look at this story found in 1 Kings 19:1-4 Elijah had just finished with an amazing high point on Mount Carmel.
• His life was threatened by the queen
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life
• He isolated himself
• He asked God to take his life
• Elijah was emotionally drained.
1. The problem
In many situations we are not emotionally healthy enough to deal with life’s challenges.
• We find our emotional strength sometimes in the wrong places.
• Quietness (Only avoidance)
We place greater value on life’s externals than the internal making of who we are. What is it that God looks at? 1 Samuel 16:7 “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.“
• WE WILL NEVER GROW UP INTO MATURITY IF WE AVOID LOOKING AT THE HEART AND OUR EMOTIONS.
• Jesus felt the emotional stresses of life.
• He was able to separate Himself from the expectations of the crowds, his family and his disciples.
• He was able to live out His God given purpose regardless of the circumstances and other people’s agendas.
• Emotions Jesus experienced
• Shed Tears (Luke 19:41)
• Filled with joy (Luke 10:21)
• Grieved (Mark 14:34)
• Angry (Mark 3:5)
• Sadness came over Him (Matt. 26:37)
• He felt sorrow (Luke 7:13)
• He showed astonishment and wonder (Mark 6:6; Luke 7:9)
• He felt distress (Mark 3:5; Luke 12:50)
Many Christians are trained in Bible Study, Worship, and Christian actions, but they are not trained in how to look beneath the surface.
2. We need to be balanced spiritually
• What I mean by this is that I think it is impossible for us to be spiritually mature if we are emotionally immature.
• I don’t think that we can separate our emotional health from our spiritual health.
• Timidity/ fear (2 Tim. 1:7)
• Ashamed of the Gospel and of apostle Paul (2 Tim. 1:8)
• Paul encourages him to be strong (2 Tim. 2:1)
• Don’t give in to temptation (2 Tim. 2:22)
• Continue and don’t quit (2 Tim. 3:14).
• We don’t have the internal maturity to handle the obstacles of life well.
• Work hard all day and come home with no energy left for your family.
• Get criticized and emotionally incapable of not taking it personally and getting defensive.
3. The Cure
• 1 Kings 19:5-9
• Elijah fell asleep from exhaustion
• An angel woke him up and gave him food
• He fell asleep again (If an angel appeared to me I don’t think I would be sleeping)
• Angel woke him up and fed him again.
• He was directed to go on a journey to Northern Israel.
• He encountered the presence and voice of God
• Soon God gave him help in recruiting Elisha
• God’s presence
• Listening to His voice