Solomon assumed the throne of Israel when he was young and inexperienced. When he asked God for wisdom, the Lord abundantly blessed him with insight. But the king didn’t apply his great understanding to his own personal life.
Elijah witnessed a great spiritual victory on Mount Carmel. But immediately afterward he was in the dumps and ready to give up his prophetic ministry. The Lord didn’t blame the prophet for his depressed feelings, but neither did he permit Elijah to wallow in self-pity (1 Kings 19:9-18).