Strength For the Difficult Days

Some days, it seems like I'm 0% productive. Like the to-do list will always have 100 things on it (besides laundry & dishes, which have a permanent spot on that list). Like I missed the chance to share Jesus with someone because I was too focused on myself and what's going on with me. Like I was critical when I should have shown mercy. 

It's no secret that I'm reading through the Old Testament--I've shared my thoughts on Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Joshua & Judges. As I work my way through 1 Samuel, one story about David has stuck with me. 

In chapter 30, David's been on the run from the current king trying to kill him. He and his men get kicked out of the small army they've been serving with (since they can't fight for their own country, thanks to that king)...only to find out that their village has been raided and all their kids & wives have been taken captive. THEN, we're left with these verse: "David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters [who were taken captive]. But David found strength in the Lord his God" (1 Samuel 30:6). 

Literally everyone was against him. 

His king. 

His former army. 

His own men. 

And what does he do? He feels greatly distressed, and then he finds strength in God. 

Obviously, feeling overwhelmed and alone is a natural reaction to the circumstances, but David doesn't stay there: he turns to God. 

On those days when we feel like we're failing, like we're falling short, like people are against us, let's follow David's lead and put our hope in God. Let's read his Word with renewed fervor, let's talk to him about our struggles, let's slow down and listen for what he's trying to teach us. 

What has God been teaching you recently? 

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