“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
In life, we face so many challenges, some bigger than others and some easier than others. Like a rubber band, we can usually snap back in place seemingly unaffected and move on with life. Then we face a trial or circumstance that is beyond what we’re used to and it weighs heavily on us, to the point where it almost destroys us. It is in that moment that we are at our weakest, most vulnerable state, and we often wonder if we’ll make it through. We see all that things aren’t going as we’d hope and begin to get discouraged. In the thick of your discouragement, do you ever think of what God has done? My question to you is: has God ever failed you? Has God ever given up on you? You are here by the grace and mercy of the living God, the One who is Unchanging and always faithful. If He made a way for you to get through it before, He’ll make a way for you again!
We too often hear that ‘God is able’ and ‘God will’, but do we really believe it? Do we really believe that God will bring us out? Do we really believe that God can make a way out of this mess? Before the fire we do; our faith is higher than the highest mountain top, but in the fire, our faith quickly dwindles and sometimes burns out. Sometimes we feel that we can’t go on, that God has forgotten about us and/ or that we aren’t reachable anymore. When we are in the midst of situations that are too great for us and are overwhelming, we have to look to the word of God for our solution. The devil attacks us in those times by telling us that we aren’t, we can’t and that we won’t. However, the bible says that we can and we will by the Spirit of the Lord ( Zechariah 4:6)! The bible says that “the Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear”( Isaiah 59:1) and that “the Lord remembers us and will bless us:”( Psalm 115:12).
The truth is that sometimes when we need encouragement, it’s not around. Our closest friends aren’t near and our pastor isn’t able to talk with us at 2 a.m. Sometimes, it’s just us, God and the lies of the enemy filling our head. What do we do when we don’t have the words to say because we’re feeling so low? Where do we go? What do we do? The answer is in the Word! The Word of God has an answer for everything that we feel, face and struggle with. Just like David, we find ourselves surrounded by people who want to harm us physically, emotionally or mentally, but it seems that we don’t have a place of refuge near. Instead of harping on the reality that some things are against him, David began to encourage himself in the Lord, meaning David began to remind himself of God’s sovereignty, of the faithfulness that he has seen of God in time’s past and of God’s kept promises. My sweet-hearted sister, we must remember that our refuge is found in God( Psalm 46:1; Psalm 91:2; Psalm 27:5). We have to know that our strength comes from God and not from ourselves or others. God said that when we are weak, He is strong in us( 2 Corinthians 12:9) and that He is there to help us in our time of need. When we begin to wonder where the Lord is, we have to remember that His timing is different from ours, but He never fails to come right on time. The most powerful thing we can do when we are in the storm is remember, so my prayer is that we are remembering truth and are leaving the lies of the enemy under the blood of Jesus!
I want to encourage you today that God knows where you are and He sees you, even though you may feel that He doesn’t. He knows your name and He remembers His promise for your life. In your time of despair and hopelessness, find out what the word says about who God is, who you are to Him and who He is to you. Once you find that, remember those words. Declare those words over yourself as often as you need to so that you will be built up in His truth of who you are and who He is in your situation so that you can stand against the enemy when he comes.
God bless you, my sister! You WILL make it through this, in Jesus’ name! ♥