Everyone goes through times where their emotional tanks are empty even the great hero’s of the Bible.
Consider the experience of Elijah, one of the most important prophets in the history of Israel. After a highlight in his ministry he went toe to toe with a pagan prophet and won, then he got a death threat from the queen and began a downward spiral of emotional exhaustion.
First Kings 19:3-4 describes what Elijah did next.
Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He want to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord, ‘he said.’ ‘Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”
Elijah’s experience gives us 10 indications of emotional exhaustion. Keep your eyes open for these issues in your own life and the lives of people around you.
10 signs of emotional exhaustion from this part of Elijah’s life
- Fear creeps into your life.
- You find yourself running away from things.
- You back out of relationships.
- You make foolish decisions impulsively.
- You push yourself past your physical limits.
- Your work seems pointless.
- You complain that you want to quit and give up.
- You feel isolated and attacked.
- You compare yourself to others and feel bad about yourself.
- You think death might bring you relief.
If you see some of these characteristics in you life right now, your most likely emotionally exhausted or experiencing burnout. You may even be depressed.
Every day in society I see this in people, due to the coronavirus and having no control over what’s happening in the world today. modern society makes it easy for us get burned out.
But there is hope if we draw closer to God.
There are times in our lives we all feel emotionally exhausted. Jesus says to rest in the Lord.