Everyone goes through times when their emotional tanks are empty—even great heroes of the Bible. Consider the experience of Elijah, one of the most important prophets in the history of Israel. He went toe-to-toe with 450 pagan prophets, dramatically and definitively proving that the Lord Jehovah is the only true God, and that the pagan god Baal was no god at all. After exhibiting such tremendous faith, Elijah was emotionally exhausted. Then he received a death threat from the pagan queen, Jezebel, and Elijah let fear undermine his faith. I even found myself personally struggling more than normal the last few weeks with feelings of anxiety, panic and stress. That’s why I wanted to interview another C3er tonight at 7:30 pm on Facebook because I know that he struggled with some of those things in the past.
Elijah’s experience reveals 10 characteristics of emotional exhaustion:
· Fear creeps into your life.
· You find yourself running away and hiding from your circumstances.
· You withdraw from relationships.
· You make foolish, impulsive decisions.
· You push yourself past your physical limits.
· Your work seems pointless.
· You feel like giving up.
· You feel isolated and attacked.
· You compare yourself to others and feel bad about yourself.
· You think death might bring relief.
If you notice some of these characteristics in your life right now, you may be emotionally exhausted or experiencing burnout. You may even be dangerously depressed. Be safe and talk to someone about what you’re thinking and feeling. And remember, there is always hope. Jehovah God is a God of hope, and it is a hope that will not disappoint. Tomorrow, we’ll look at what the Bible says you can do when your emotional tank is empty.