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Feeling depressed (3)

08 November 2021
‘Stand…in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’

The third thing God did to support Elijah in his depression was to tell him, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by’ (v.11 NIV). Next, we read: ‘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…went out and stood at the mouth of the cave’ (vv. 11-13 NIV). That day God put on an impressive show with the wind, the earthquake, and the fire. But He wasn’t speaking to Elijah through any of those big things. What really got Elijah’s attention was the still, small voice – the gentle whisper. God usually speaks to us in stillness and quietness – not through some big dramatic demonstration of fire or power. He whispered, ‘Elijah, I’m still right here beside you.’ If we’re feeling depressed, it can be helpful to seek a fresh reminder of God’s presence. If you’re wondering where to start, try this: Grab a Bible and go to a serene, quiet place. Sit down, read God’s Word, and spend time alone with Him. Just let Him love you and speak to you. Let Him meet your needs and let yourself feel His presence. Fellowship with God is so powerful and calming. That’s what He means when He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10 NIV).

What Now?

Follow the advice in today’s reading: find a calm, quiet place, read one or two of your favourite parts of the Bible, and then simply enjoy being in God’s company and letting His love surround you.

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