• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 4, 2021

Daily Reading: I Samuel 28-31

1 Samuel 30:6 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.

If there was ever a needed bit of advice it is found in today's verse. But David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

If not careful the events of our day will cause us to become discouraged. David was in his day. He had just been fired from the Philistine army, upon return to Ziklag he found that the Amalekites had invaded, burned the city, and taken all the wives and children captive, carrying them away. On top of all that, his men spoke of killing him, but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

He took it upon himself to encourage himself. For there was no one else there to encourage him. In this day and hour that we have experienced lately you may seem lonely, but how can you be alone when the Lord promised to never leave you nor forsake you. He is always with you meaning you can never be alone. If you will remain encouraged, you must encourage yourself. Read the Bible, sing a hymn, pray over your prayer list, read a devotion, listen to a podcast, watch the posted messages from your church. Yet, it is you that must use them.

What did David encourage himself in? Not his bank account, not his job, not his ability, not his popularity, for these were all gone. He encouraged himself in his God. His LORD. With this time of social distancing, do not allow yourself to be distanced from your Lord God. If He was your Lord before this virus thing blindsided us, He is your Lord today. If He seems far away, it is not Him that distanced. James 4:8 says this...Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you... Learn to draw close to him in this slowed down state of existence we find ourselves in.

Hey, it turned out ok for David, and it will turn out ok for you too. All because of the love, watch care, comfort, leadership, and security that the LORD your God promises you.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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