This year one of my resolutions was to get deeper in bible study and really try to understand God’s word.  Of course I will never be able to completely understand God’s will totally on my own, but with the help of the Holy Spirit I will hopefully be able to learn more about God and how he sees me.

One of the instruments that has been very beneficial already this year has been the Sabbath School quarterly.  This morning’s lesson focused on “God’s Therapy”  for tough situations.  I found this very helpful and connected with Elijah, the main Character.  God has definitely moved MOUNTAINS for me.  I know he has.. my life has been amazingly blessed.  Yet, sometimes I take for granted God’s leading… Check this out..

God’s Therapy

God used Elijah to resurrect the widow’s son. What a test of faith, and what a vindication of God’s power over life and death! Next, the test at Mount Carmel was an irrefutable and spectacular demonstration of God’s power. Finally, heavy rain after a three-year drought was another manifestation of God’s involvement in human affairs. Elijah’s life was full of direct and divine intervention. It’s hard to imagine how anyone, after all that, could not fully trust in the Lord; yet, not long after all that, Elijah was swept up in the symptoms of stress and discouragement

Read 1 Kings 19:5–9. What were the simple remedies provided for Elijah during this stressful time in his life?

What can we take from this for ourselves? How are our physical actions impacting, either for good or for bad, our mental attitude? 0

Sleep. Eat. Sleep again. Eat again. And then engage in intense physical exercise—forty days and forty nights; from Mount Carmel to Mount Horeb. How interesting that proper sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet often are prescribed to combat psychological stress.

A common treatment for mood disorders is called activity scheduling. It consists of developing a rigid timetable that contains pleasant and purposeful activities that will force a depressed person to organize, anticipate, and carry out events. Such a regimen helps the person fill time positively and avoid self-pity. Physical exercise often is included in the activities, because it helps produce endorphins, morphinelike natural chemicals that enhance mood and at least temporarily relieve depression.

With heavenly guidance Elijah was led into the steps that would restore his normal mental health. As with Elijah, we need to be open to divine leading. As soon as Elijah sat down under the broom tree, he prayed. Yes, it was the wrong kind of prayer (asking God to take his life), but at least it was a prayer, a desire for God to take charge.

Over time Elijah overcame his terrible discouragement, and God still was able to use him (see 1 Kings 19:15, 16; 2 Kings 2:7–11). Before being taken up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah was given the great privilege of anointing his successor, and of witnessing the waters of the Jordan River separate, thus permitting him and Elisha to cross the river on dry ground.

Finally, Elijah was taken to heaven, without ever having to die himself. Kind of an ironic “end” for a man who, not too much earlier, was asking God to take his life!

What are we missing out on if we pray only in times of discouragement and despair? Contrast the benefits of a life of constant prayer as opposed to prayer only in emergency situations. How can you learn to live more consistently in an attitude of constant prayer?

(c) Review and Herald. 2011

Everyone, God definitely has a plan for your life.  Learn from the Story of Elijah that God’s protection and his providence will always be with you if you are willing to Follow Him.

Stay encouraged.

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