On The Edge Of Giving Up

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“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.” – (KJV) 1 Samuel 30:6

Please don’t take this post as sounding morbid, but there are times you just feel the urge to jump! Do you ever feel like you live on the edge of one extreme or another? Sometimes it would just be easier to throw in the towel & walk away. From the highest high to the lowest low, the gamut of emotions & options can throw your mind into a tailspin.
What do you do when you find yourself on the edge of saying, “enough is enough”? This morning while thinking on these things, I was taken to this verse of Scripture about David. It was an especially diffficult time in his life. He had experienced great victories and blessings, but now he was at his lowest. His family was taken hostage and those most loyal to him were wanting someone to answer for this! What did he do?

#1 “David….encouraged Himself…”
It was something David HAD to do himself. David made up in his mind that he alone would be responsible for his response in this matter. We can’t let others decide for us. We must be proactive and not simply reactive.

#2 “…encourged himself…”
If you’re waiting on someone else to engourage you, you might be waiting a long time! It’s nice to have that encouragement from others, but we cannot live off it. There are times that you’ll have to be your own cheerleader. Do you believe deeply? Are you convinced that you’re headed in the right direction? If yes, stand strong and encourage yourself! If no, well, that’s an entirely different subject for a later time.

#3 “…in the Lord”
The single most important thing you can do is trust God’s faithfulness! When there’s no one else to stand with you – Jesus will stand with you! In the end, His faithfulness will win out!

“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?” – Mat. 6:26-30

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