“The certainty of tribulations are sure, but what makes a difference is the behaviour, and approach applied by a person when confronted with such situations “~ Awe Hilary.
In the first part of this series (Click >> IN TIMES OF TROUBLE Pt 1), we looked at the aspects of a human life that is attacked in the eventuality of turbulent times, and the first method in dealing with such situations.
In this part, we would be looking at yet another method which is very effective in managing turbulent times and this is;
2. ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN GOD
“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” ~ 1 SAMUEL 30:6 (NKJV).
Troubling times bring about fear, distress, worries, despair, which distracts or shifts our focus away from God. It confines us to an environment where the problem is visibly seen and not God, thereby presenting an aura of helplessness and hopelessness.
In the book of 1 Samuel 30:1-3, the Amalekites invaded Ziklag, taking captive everyone including the wives, sons and daughters of David and his men. At that instance, an environment of distress, worry, grief was created, hence it enveloped David and his men, which led to emotional outbursts of weeping, and even confrontations, for the men sought to stone David (1 Samuel 30:4;6), while the enemy advanced further with their loved ones and their goods.
Trials and tribulations presents people with an “emotional couch” where they are comforted with grief and blame games. It gives you a reason to stay, and never wants you to see the light. The initiative to immediately follow the Amaelekites in hot pursuit did not occur, because at that point all they saw was their loss and a disadvantaged position.
Troubling times are majorly characterised by distractions which makes us focus on losses, disadvantages, rather than the gains which lie ahead if we can stand up on our feet and run after our goals.
The focus of David and his men on their losses deprived them from immediately seeking the Lord, until David encouraged or strengthened himself in the Lord. When we encourage ourselves in the Lord, the focus shifts from the problem to God. In the problem there is no solution or profitable direction, but in God lies all the answers.
The answers to David’s query by God on the best line of action to be taken against the invasion of the Amaelekites came from his ability to seek the Lord in the midst of grief and distress. When we seek God, He gives us away out of the problem by instructing us on what to do. David followed the instructions of God, which was to pursue, and in so doing, overtake and recover all that was lost (1 Samuel 30:8), hence he was victorious (1 Samuel 30:18-19). This would had been impossible if David and his men remained on the “emotional couch” of grief.
It is important to note that God is attentive to our plights, but we are inundated with the responsibility of seeking Him in times of trouble, because in Him lies all the answers we need for total freedom and complete deliverance.
…To be continued
God bless you
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