Feb 172011
 

“Arise and eat” (1 Kings 19:5 ).
The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or doanything remarkable. He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat.If we were never depressed, we would not be alive—only material things don’t sufferdepression. If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity forhappiness and exaltation. There are things in life that are designed to depress us; for example,things that are associated with death. Whenever you examine yourself, always take into accountyour capacity for depression.
When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to dothe most ordinary things imaginable. Depression tends to turn us away from the everyday thingsof God’s creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simplethings—things we would never have imagined God was in, but as we do them we find Himthere. The inspiration that comes to us in this way is an initiative against depression. But we musttake the first step and do it in the inspiration of God. If, however, we do something simply toovercome our depression, we will only deepen it. But when the Spirit of God leads usinstinctively to do something, the moment we do it the depression is gone. As soon as we ariseand obey, we enter a higher plane of life.

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