Overcoming Distress

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 30 and 31.
While David and his men were away fighting, the Amalekites attacked the city where he stayed and captured his family and the families of his men (1Samuel 30:1-3, 5). Surely you can picture the deep anguish of David and his men as the writer showed us, “Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep” (v. 4). Suddenly, David’s men turned on him, blaming him for what happened, but while this initially troubled David, look at what He did to overcome it, “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God” (v. 6). Like his men, David had lost everything and everyone, then he had his own men against him. Was that a distressing situation or what? Yet, how did David keep from falling apart, or from running away, or being so frightened that he was not functional? He strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
Friends, regardless of what happens to you, always strengthen yourself in your God and you shall be able to overcome anything.

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