When I’m Discouraged  I  1 Samuel 30

It seems like I give my all and no one appreciates what I do. I seem to always be shot down just when I feel that I am making some progress in my life. One step forward, two steps back. Can you relate to these comments?

We read in 1 Samuel 30 that David felt the same way but let’s look together to see what he did with those feelings and he learned how he encourage himself in the Lord.

David and his men had returned home to Ziglag to find that the Amalekites had been there they had raided, and burned Ziglag but the worst was that they had taken all the women, their sons and daughters and all that were there captive, even the livestock.

Everything that meant anything to David was gone. All his men were very bitter against him and began to criticize and blame him for what happened. It seemed like all hope was gone, everything came crashing down on David. He was in distress and wept until he could find no more strength.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation like that where you feel every one and everything is against you? You are all alone with no one to encourage you, to pat you on the back and say it will be okay.

If you have, listen to the rest of the story. When David finished crying he knew what he had to do, the distress of that moment drove him to God. He didn’t seek God or inquire of Him before going to support Achish in the battle but now he knew God was all he had left. He goes to God and he asked God, “What do I do?”

When you find yourself in a situation that seems hopeless look to God and find your strength in Him. Encourage yourself in the Lord. Don’t forget his faithfulness. It is in those desperate times when we have run out of our own resources that we have no place else to turn that God is waiting!  He will love you when everyone else forsakes you.

God gave David clear instruction in his time of prayer and seeking God. God told David, “pursue for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” David went this time and God went with him and he recovered all that the Amalekites had taken away, he recovered all and nothing was lacking.

Not everyone will always agree with you, they might criticize you, but you keep moving forward, in spite of the difficulties that come against you. Seek the Lord earnestly he will show up and tell you what to do and he will even go with you.

Life is not always going to be easy, you may feel you are all alone but let me remind you of the words Jesus spoke “I will never leave you or forsake,  I will stick closer to you than a brother” You are not in this battle alone Jesus our great intercessor is praying for you.

And so when the going gets tough remember it is an opportunity for God to show up and He will walk with you through the fire. He is just waiting for you to ask Him.

Read 1 Samuel 30

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