Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved [bitter], every man for his sons and his daughters.  But David strengthened himself in the Lord His God.  (1 Sam 30:6 Emphasis added)

David and his men, upon returning to Ziklag (their home at the time), found that the Amalekites had raided their town, and had taken captive the women and all who were in it, both young and old.  So, they found their homes burned and their wives and children had been kidnapped. 

There was good reason to be upset, angry, and frightened.  David’s men turned against him so strongly that they discussed killing him!  At times such as this, we all have choices to make.  We can turn the energy of our grief, bitterness, and offense into something destructive and negative, or we can use the very same energy to strengthen ourselves in the Lord! 

How can you do that, you ask?  Remember, think upon, and talk about God’s goodness; His beautiful character traits and His faithfulness.  Remember all of the wonders and miracles that God has performed for you, your relatives, and your friends in the past. 

Remind yourself that God hasn’t changed!  (Heb 13:8) You know that He has answered your prayers in the past, and He has performed wonders for you before.  Realize that He is willing and happy to do so again!  (Mt 8:3; Mk 1:41; Lk 5:13) 

Once you’ve strengthened yourself in the Lord, you’ll be able to hear the Lord’s voice more clearly and to receive His guidance on how you should handle your situation.  This also attracts God’s attention to your situation because of your spiritually wise response to trouble and grief.  So choose to heed God’s Word when troubles attack you, and He will come to your rescue.

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