Theme sentence: Frustration and depression in ministry are normal for many Christians at times.
Aim sentence: God sometimes withholds things, so that we will learn to more fully rely on Him in our weakness.
Suicidal saint (1 – 4)
Elijah is completely discouraged and depressed about the lack of fruit in his ministry. Why has God withheld dealing with Jezebel?
All-sufficient God (5 – 18)
The Lord God meets Elijah’s depression and resignation with gentle and patient understanding and an expression of trust as He gives Elijah a new task.
Going through, what some call, the dark night of the soul is normal for many Christians.
It is very encouraging to see the way God deals with Elijah and how he comes out the other side.
God sometimes withholds things, so that we will learn to more fully rely on Him in our weakness.
I found this article very helpful while I prepared – http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/is-god-keeping-something-from-you