There was a time in the prophet Elijah’s life when he hit rock bottom. It happened after the greatest victory of his career, when God used him to defeat the prophets of Baal. He was expecting revival. He was sure Ahab and Jezabel would turn from their wicked ways, and embrace him as God’s true prophet. He wasn’t welcomed as a hero, but as a rebel and traitor. Instead of a hug Jazabel put a bounty on his head.
Forced to flee into the wilderness again, he fell from his emotional high. The depression was so great he prayed that God would take his life and end his misery. But, God had better plans for Elijah.
One of the things that brought Elijah out of his funk was God’s command to get out of his dark cave and look for others to help.
God says this to Elijah in 1 Kings 12:15-16, “And the Lord said to him, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.'”
To pour ether into Elijah’s cold engine God said, “Go and find three people to bless. Anoint and bless Hazael, Jehu, and Elisha. Focus on investing in Elisha because he’ll replace you.”
As I was thinking on this verse these words came to mind.
When your blue you’re thinking only of you.
When you’re down, you’re fixed on your frown.
There’s always one in the room
who’s heart is filled with way more gloom.
Go to them, to help and bless,
and help yourself find happiness.
When we’re down in the mouth we often say to ourselves, “I have no one around to help me. If only someone would help me.”
You can help yourself. Remember, there is always one in the room who has it way worse than you. Find that one and reach out to bless them. You’ll fill your heart with new energy and joy.