This week is based on the “Struggle of Depression” sermon from the Saints & Struggles series. We are focusing on how God helps us in the midst of struggles. Slow down, read the text, and then let it read you…
“And the word of the Lord came to him: ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.’ The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
1 Kings 19:9b-13 (NIV)
Elijah honestly believed the lie that he was completely alone. In response, God spoke to him in a gentle whisper. One scholar defined this whisper as sheer silence laden with a sense of holiness. In the midst of exhaustion or depression it is very easy to believe lies about ourselves. God always wants to speak to us by replacing these lies with His truth. What is it about silence that helps us hear God more clearly? What lies do you need to replace with God’s truth in your life?