1 Samuel 30: 6 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.
Although you may be a Christian bad things can still happen to you and if it does, it does not make you any less of a Christian. Not only can bad things happen, but also those who are supposed to be your closest friends may turn their backs on you in the midst of the circumstance. That was the experience of David. In 1 Samuel 30, while David and his men went to war, the city where they and their family lived in Ziklag was attacked by the Amalekites, burnt and their possessions, wives and children taken hostage. When they returned and saw the tragedy that had befall them they were all greatly distressed and the people considered stoning David. Imagine that, the same men who were his companions in battle turned against him; that must have felt horrible. What did David do? He encouraged himself in the Lord. He was able to do that because he had confidence that in the same way that God brought him through bad situations in the past, he was able to do the same in the current circumstances.
Encourage yourself in the Lord by reminding yourself that God is able to take you through your bad situations. He is not only God of the mountain, but He is also God of the valley. After David reminded himself that God was able to take him through, the first thing he did was to seek God’s wisdom. It is possible to make a bad situation worse if you depend on your wisdom. David chose to depend on God’s wisdom. He did this by asking God two questions: “Shall I pursue after this troop?” and, “Shall I overtake them?”. God’s response to him was “pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” Because David depended on God to take him through his bad situation, it was not long thereafter that he recovered all, as the word of the Lord had said.
Bad situations will come, but do not allow yourself to be overtaken with fear and depression, start your recovery by encouraging yourself in the Lord.
Life Application: Encourage yourself by reminding yourself that he is able to take you through your bad situation and then depend on His wisdom to take you through.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the reassurance that you are a present help in times of trouble. I rest assured that I can find comfort in the midst of any storm. In Jesus’ name, amen.