Encourage Yourself

Maybe you recently lost your job.
…financial situation is a disaster
…marriage is on the rocks.
…parents split up and gave you a life you never asked to live.
…overwhelmed having to make major decisions without a clue what to do.

What do you do when life is spinning out of control and no one can make your situation any better?

I love this statement I read recently in the Bible from a guy who experienced what could be considered the epitome of a no good very bad day… His family and the families of those he led had been taken hostage, multiple people wanted him dead – including his friends who had just realized their families were in harms way. That’s enough to make almost anyone want to throw in the towel but that’s not what happened. Instead

David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

I love this! There wasn’t anyone around to encourage him. There was nowhere for him to turn. Been there? Doesn’t matter how loved you are – you can’t always rely on your spouse to encourage you. You can’t always rely on your kids or your parents. You can’t always rely on your friends. Sometimes, when hell is coming against you – you are going to have to encourage yourself. The best way to do that is to remember the promises of God.

When you are scared and/or alone?
I will fear no evil for you are with me! Psalm 23:4
When you feel like the pain will never end?
Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
When you feel like giving up?
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run & not grow weary, they will walk & not be faint. Is 40:31
When you doubt that you have what it takes?
No weapon formed against me will prosper.  Isaiah 54:17
If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom. 8:31
When you feel overwhelmed?
Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4

David made it through (I encourage you to read the rest of the story in 1 Samuel 30) and so can you.Don’t ever doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light… You are loved by God. He has a plan and a purpose for your life! Be encouraged today. When we are at our weakest – God is at His strongest.