Over the past few weeks, I have been writing about faith. I hope you have been enjoying the posts as much as I have. Today I want to talk about a very important factor that plays a role in our faith – our attitude.
Let’s look at a Biblical example found in 1 Samuel 30. Prior to David becoming king, he had been living in a place called Ziklag. In this story, David and his men had been away from home. When they returned, they discovered tragedy had struck. The Amalekites “had attacked Ziklag and burned it, and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.” (1 Samuel 30:1-2)
You can imagine how distressed David and his men were. In verse 4 it says that they “wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.” If that wasn’t bad enough, the men then turned on David. Verse 6 tells us that “the men were talking of stoning him.”
But I want to focus on something else from that same verse. In the King James Bible, verse 6 goes on to say, “David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” The New King James Version says, “David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.” And the NIV and NLT versions say, “David found strength in the LORD his God.”
I love this verse and I think we can learn a lot from it. When we face something difficult, we have a choice to make. Are we going to let our despair take over? Or are we going to strengthen and encourage ourselves in the Lord? Strong faith will choose the latter. Strong faith will not have a pity party, but will press forward while tapping into the power of the Holy Spirit. Grief is something we might experience for a time, but we cannot stay there forever. We have to seek the Lord and find comfort and strength in Him.
This is what David did. In this story, he and his men wound up going after the Amalekites and they recovered everything and everyone that was taken. All the women, children, and other people were recovered. I have to wonder what ending this story would have had if David had NOT encouraged himself in the Lord?
When we face trials, we too should encourage ourselves in the Lord. We should run to God and trust Him with whatever we are facing. Nothing is a surprise to Him. He can help us get through our difficulties and come out the other side with joy and peace.
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