“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”-1 Samuel 30:6 KJV
Sweet Mom, has there ever been a time in your life in which you would say you were greatly distressed? Recently, I experienced a season in which I felt exactly the same way as David. Life was hurdling trials and challenges my way that I felt helpless to handle. I struggled to keep my eyes on Christ and ultimately ended up feeling overwhelmed and defeated. I became filled with anxiety and began begging God to enlighten my understanding as to why.
Once I grew tired of fighting in my own strength, I quieted my spirit enough to hear the still, small voice urging me to read the Word. As I read, the Holy Spirit reminded me that in his time of distress, David encouraged himself in the Lord. Likewise, Scriptures of hope and encouragement like the ones below began to fill my mind.
🌼“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”-Psalm 46:10 KJV
🌼“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”-Psalm 56:3-4 KJV
🌼“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”-2 Corinthians 12:10 KJV
🌼“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”-Romans 8:28 KJV
By reading these scriptures over and over and out loud, I ultimately spoke life over my distressed heart. It didn’t happen immediately and the anxiety on occasion would try to rear its ugly head, but the scriptures of hope and encouragement were on the frontline of my mind, ready for battle to restore my joy.
Sweet Sister, we must ARM ourselves with the Word of God in order to preserve our joy. We NEED the very Words of God to speak life into our troubled minds and hearts.
🙏 Pray with me.
Father, thank you for Your divine plan for our lives. There is not one trial or challenge that we have faced, that You did not allow into our lives. You do not forsake us and leave us to handle them alone. God, you are omniscient and I pray that You would help us yield our lives to the truth that You are the potter and we are the clay. Help us to keep our eyes on You! In Jesus name Amen.
💗 Trista Opell and the Help Club for Moms Team