Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 29:1-31:13 (additional reading: Psalm 118:1-18 and Proverbs 15:24-26)
Don’t you love those times in life when you are really enjoying God’s blessings and experiencing God’s joy? Don’t you just love it when you just love the life your living in this moment? But, then there are those other times, times when life is challenging when it’s drudgery and hard work and you have to search for happiness.
The good news is that God’s Word gives you insights into your human condition and offers you tremendous help to deal with your battle to stay encouraged! ‘God richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17b (NLT) and John 10:10 (NLT), Jesus said, “I came to give life — life in all its fullness.”
Perhaps no one in the entire Bible is a greater example of being able to encourage himself in God than David. When you read some of his Psalms you are amazed that he starts writing a song while he’s discouraged and ends the same song encouraged! He learned how to see the light in dark days.
In today’s reading, we read “Then David and the men with him lifted up their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep.” 1 Samuel 30:4. It was a bad day. These strong men cried until they couldn’t cry any more. Perhaps you’ve had days like that, days when the sun refused to shine, days when your heart ached so violently that you wished you could imagine yourself to be someone else and somewhere else. But wait; things get even worse for David and the others think of killing him.
Most people would have been totally overwhelmed by this turn of events. Most would have thrown in the towel. But in one of the most dramatic 180-degree-turns in history the Bible says this in 1 Samuel 30:6b (Amp) “But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
When you are a child of God, even in life’s darkest days there is hope! There is a source of encouragement! Our hope, encouragement and strength are not in the circumstances we find ourselves in but instead in our God who is going to remain faithful forever more.
How do you react when faced with a bad day?
Father, Thank You for giving us hope in hard times. Thank You that while everything may seem against us, You are for us. Help us like David, remember You in those difficult moments and to encourage our souls. In Jesus’ name, Amen