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Sometimes life gets pretty hard to take. You can be going along thinking you’re doing okay, when all of a sudden, something comes out of nowhere to knock you down. How we react to these situations depends on many other factors as well. Some personality types are better suited to dealing with stress than others. But at the end of the day, you know that even though you feel down and beaten, you have to keep going. At those times, it’s important that we draw strength from someone or something that will help us get through whatever it is we’re facing.
Elijah had a time of great personal defeat. He was ready to give up and he felt so discouraged that he wanted to die. The amazing thing is that this time in his life came after a time of great personal victory. He was on top of the world, and then something happened that sent him into the depths of despair. It’s important for us to note that everyone is susceptible to these kinds of experiences, and when they happen we need to take care of them. I Kings 19:1-18 tells the story of how God dealt with him during such a time as that.