May 14 “Encourage yourself in the Lord”

When the chips were down and even his own men turned against him, David encouraged himself in the Lord? How can we encourage ourselves in God when we’re faced with difficult situations?

Encourage yourself in the Lord

Today’s Readings:
1 Samuel 29, 30 & 31
Psalm 61.5-8
Proverbs 16.7-9
John 3.18-36

1 Samuel 29, 30 & 31:

A man after God’s own heart … are you kidding?

What was David thinking?! Wanting to join the Philistines and go to war against Israel! God used the princes of the other Philistine clans to prevent him from doing such a foolish thing.

But God wanted to get David’s undivided attention. So while he was off involved in a situation he should never have been, God allowed the Amalekites to burn down his city and carry off all the women and children. But even in the midst of it God protected them, “… they did not kill anyone, but carried them away …” (v. 30.2).

Now that God had his attention, David did what he should have done before, he sought God’s guidance and He allowed him to recover all the people, all their possessions, and even to take the spoil of the Amalekites. God did, in His graciousness and mercy, what he often does, “… exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think …” (Eph. 3.20).

Unmet desires

Of course, David and his men didn’t yet know the outcome. They had come home tired and anxious to see their wives and children only to find the city burned and their families gone. After they wept over their losses, their emotions turned to anger against David. Continue reading