Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
March 31 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 30-31
Food for Thought: I Sam. 30:6
We’ve all probably had those moments of utter distress and great loss. It sometimes leads people to ask questions and say and do things they later regret. But if we can remember to do what David did when things were at their worst, then we will be pulled out of the pit of despair. David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
Exactly how did he strengthen himself in the Lord? The Bible does not specify his actions while he was gaining that strength, but we know from the Word some things that help. First, we have the benefit of the Word itself to strengthen and encourage us. Psalm 119:50 says, “This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.” In difficult moments, if we spend time in the Word, the Lord will direct us to scriptures of comfort and also give us direction as to how to proceed.
The Holy Spirit, as the Comforter, is also in the picture. As we spend time with the Lord, the Holy Spirit will function according to His nature—as long as we do not reject His work in us—and bring us peace. The key is to run to the Lord instead of away from Him, as some do.
Strength and encouragement also come from remembering God’s faithfulness in the past and what God has already done. The Psalmist says in Psalm 63:6, 7, “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.” Over and over, the Lord reminds us not to forget His goodness. That’s when our situation begins to look brighter.
Comfort usually leads to hope, and that is what gets us up and ready to deal with the problem. (See Ps. 42:5.) After strengthening himself in the Lord, David asked the priest to bring him the ephod to inquire of the Lord as to whether he could pursue the ones who had taken everything and burned their land. The Lord gave him the go-ahead, and David and his men were successful in recovering everything that was taken and more.
If David hadn’t strengthened himself in the Lord, he probably would have been stoned as the men were threatening to do, and he most certainly would not have recovered his wives and all the people and livestock that were taken. All would have been lost. If we’ll do as he did, we, too have the assurance that the Lord will give us strength and power (Ps. 68:35), and He will work in the situation. Isaiah 40:29 promises, “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.”
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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