"And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God" (1 Samuel 30:6 KJV).
I am sure that there are moments when the battle makes you weary. The people who once walked with you are now looking to abandon you and some want to hurt you. I am sure that you may have times of distress and heartbreak. You try to pray, and it seems that the Lord is not as close as before. During these moments, you ask yourself what you should do to handle the situation.
David found himself in the same type of situation. He was doing the work of the Lord, and while he and his army were chasing the Philistines, they managed to come to the city of Ziklag and burn it to the ground, and take the women and children away. David was distressed about these events, and the men blamed him for the defeat. They even spoke of stoning David. Can you imagine that? The very people who once cheered him on were now talking of killing David. People are so fickle and will stand by you as long as you give them what they want. Sounds familiar?
Well, I really enjoy the response of David. When there was no one to encourage him, David just encouraged himself. That is a blessing. Yes, my friend, we must not rely on others to encourage us. While I do agree that it is nice to have the encouragement of others, we dare not depend on that action. You must learn the value of speaking to yourself and encouraging yourself to rise above the current situation and look to the Lord to bring you through.
Remember, Jesus never said that we would not have trouble. He DID say that He would be with us in the time of trouble. His promise to stand with us and never leave us nor forsake us still holds true today. So join me and encourage yourself in the Lord. Tell yourself that this current problem will not set the stage for future defeat. You will rise above it and realize the power of God.
After David had encouraged himself, the Lord told him to go after the Philistines and recover what they took away. Use the encouragement to retake what the enemy stole away. Encourage yourself!
Blessings to all,
Bishop Eric A. Lambert, Jr.
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