However, not all of our problems are purely spiritual. For example, in the book of 1 Kings, almost immediately after Elijah had experienced a miraculous victory, he was afraid and depressed, and he hoped to die. When we are faced with prolonged or multiple stresses, our neurotransmitters can stop working properly and our cortisol levels can be depleted, leaving us debilitated and vulnerable to spiritual attack.
Did God tell Elijah to have more faith? To buck up and meditate on Scripture? No, God provided food and sleep for Elijah. He first cared for his physical needs. In the same way, mental health professionals not only help people heal mentally and spiritually, but with the right medication they may be able to help the brain and the body’s chemistry heal physically.