Often after a major victory comes a major let down.
That is what Elijah experienced. He had defeated the 450 false prophets of Baal in a showdown, proving who was really God. Then Jezebel threatened his life.
He ran. He ran about 100 miles to Beersheba. He is afraid. He is exhausted. He is depressed. He prayed for God to let him die.
God gave him something to eat and drink and then lets him rest. Sometimes getting rest and nourishment is maybe the most spiritual thing we can do.
Then Elijah hikes another couple hundred miles to Mount Sinai. There Elijah experiences a strong wind, an earthquake, a fire, but God is not in any of these.
Then God speaks to him in a still small voice. God gives Elijah an assignment. He is to go back and anoint two different men, king of two different nations.
Then God reminds Elijah that he is not the only one who is still serving him. There are 7,000 who have never bowed a knee to Baal.
There were three things God did for Elijah to help him get past his depression.
First was the word of God. God spoke to him. When things get difficult and our world is caving we need to hear from God. We need to spend some time in His Word, listening to Him. He is the answer to our problems. He is our hope.
Secondly, God gave Elijah a task. Sometimes we need to get up and go to work doing what God has called us to do. As we serve, we get our mind off our troubles and learn others have it worse than we do.
Finally, God reassured Elijah that he was not alone. He was not alone because God was with him, and he was not alone because 7,000 were still faithfully serving God.
That is why fellowship is so important. Other faithful Christians encourage us, challenge us, inspire us to do better and to serve God faithfully.
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.