“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a lone juniper tree and asked that he might die. He said, it is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers.” 1Kings 19:4 Amplified
I felt impressed to speak to those who might listen and need some encouragement after the sudden loss of Robin Williams. He was one of my favorite people too. For a lot of people it’s hard to understand how someone who could make so many people laugh be that depressed to take his own life.
In thinking of depression and how to battle it my thoughts went to Elijah and our verse today. The prophet had just done battle with the priests of Baal defeating them all and showing the power of God. Talk about a celebrity who had it all, that was Elijah. Yet when Jezebel heard about what he had done she sent a message to him that she was going to have him killed. Verse 19:3 says, “then he was afraid and arose and went for his life….”. How could he run from this hateful woman, but yet stood boldly before the king and the 450 prophets of Baal! We can ask the same thing of Robin Williams, how can someone so famous and wealthy let depression get the better of him. In both cases depression equals doubt. The difference between these two men is that Elijah went to God with his depression and he didn’t take his life, he left it in God’s hands.
As believers we should look to God for all our problems including doubt of any kind. I know many people who deal with depression, but I don’t believe it’s to that extent. This event may be the wake up call that we all need to gain insight on this subject. All people need love like the air they breath. If you know someone who is plagued by depression or fear, be an encourager to them. Depression usually comes when we focus on nothing but the bad and dwell on it. When you dwell on anything that means you have taken up residence there. It’s not a good house to live in.
Instead dwell on this, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, worthy of reverence, honorable and seemly, just, pure, lovely and lovable, kind, winsome, gracious, of any virtue and excellance, anything worthy of praise, think on, weigh, and take acount of these things, fix your minds on them.”