Every single one of us will face trials. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, young or old, head full of hair or a head as smooth as a bowling ball; you will face a hard time in your life.
It has been said that you are either about to enter a trial, you are in a trial or you are coming out of a trial.
Trials do something to us. They make us feel weak. It as if all of the strength in our bodies is gone when life hits us in the face. I don’t know about you, but I never feel weaker than when I am going through hardship.
So here is the question: in these times, where or who do we find our strength?
Let’s look at a passage of Scripture for a few minutes from the only man in the Bible who was called a “man after God’s own heart.”
1 Samuel 30:1-6
Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, 2 and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. 3 So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. 4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. 6 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.
David had been absent from the city of Ziklag for some time. In his absence, the Amalekites had come and burned the city down. They not only burned the city but they took many people captive. As you read, David’s family was taken captive (I am sure this was not a deliberate move from the Amalekites one bit…).
Needless to say, David as livid and broken hearted. I cannot imagine hearing that my wife has been abducted.
Just for a moment, put yourself in David’s shoes (or in those times sandals). You just heard that your family is gone. At this time, you don’t know where they are. WHAT DO YOU DO? In many ways, there is no telling what our reactions would be in this scenario.
David reacted in a way that we all need to grasp.
Look at verse 6 again:
6 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.
THERE IT IS /// David strengthened himself in the Lord HIS God.
“Strengthened himself” is a very interesting verb in the Hebrew. It is a verb called a Hithpael. This is an intense type of verb. The Hithpael is used when the subject is doing the action upon itself, a.k.a “himself.”
This is SO important. David did not focus on the circumstance to affect his actions. He did not let man’s opinion affect his actions. He strengthened himself in the Lord. Which means this – He allowed God’s strength to be his strength.
God desires to give you His strength in tough times…but we have to put it on ourselves. We have to allow Him to give it to us. It is up to us if we are going to access this amazing power of God in our lives.
Are you going through hardship? Are you in a storm in life that you are so overwhelmed you do not know what the next step is?
Financial problems? – Strengthen yourself in Jesus.
Marriage/Relationship issues? – Strengthen yourself in the Jesus.
Family Issues? – Strengthen yourself in Jesus.
Loneliness? – Strengthen yourself in Jesus.
Guilt? – Strengthen yourself in Jesus.
Loss of a loved one? – Strengthen yourself in Jesus.
Wayward friend/child? – Strengthen yourself in Jesus.
Whatever your struggle – Strengthen yourself in Jesus.
1 Peter 5:6-7
“ Therefore, humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Love you with all my heart,
— Tyler Eanes