Elijah the Prophet: What We Can Learn From His Mental Health

ChurchLeaders | 7/23/2019 | Staff
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Many spiritual leaders in the Bible struggled to obtain victory while serving faithfully. The story of Elijah the Prophet is just one case study model for ministry. Many pastors and church leaders can learn a valuable lesson on self-care and God’s provision to take care of His own.

We will discover from Elijah’s story that mental health was not uncommon then nor is it uncommon in our day now. We are all called to serve in the capacity of the Father’s will for our lives. Elijah the Prophet was a powerful man of God, and God used him mightily, but ultimately, we find Elijah depleted, mentally, physically, and emotionally drained. I feel that way at times.

Pastors - Today - Silence - Health - Issues

Many pastors today suffer in silence with mental health issues. It is crystal clear that the Bible speaks of servants like Elijah the prophet and King David, a man after God’s own heart. And the list goes on of many others who have served the Lord. We can learn and share their transparent stories around mental health-related issues.

The Lord lifted them all up and their stories are recorded to educate us. We don’t have to give up on our ministry; we just need to be ministered to for a season, like God did for the prophet Elijah. Yes, we may be depleted but never disconnected from God and His love for us.

Twenty-first-century - Pastors - Church - Leaders - Case

It is necessary for twenty-first-century pastors and church leaders to consider the case study on the life and ministry of Elijah the Prophet. Elijah was overwhelmed by mental health even though he lived in the days of the Old Testament.

In James 5:17, James, a New Testament writer, declares that Elijah the Prophet is just like us. We are no different than he was—we have all experienced similar symptoms, and we all have stress-related issues, even...
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