Encouraged in the Lord
As we look into 2009 our minds start running ahead of us. We do not know what the future holds but we know who holds the future. The economy, a new president, and unrest in the world makes a person wonder what will happen.
I am encouraged by knowing that our trust is in the Lord. In 1 Samuel chapter 30 we learn that the Amalekites invaded a city, destroyed homes and kidnapped wives, sons and daughters. David and his men cried out. They were in great distress. We all go through stressful times. But King David knew where to go with his questions. He didn't run to the TV and turn on the news and listen to a TV anchorman describe the problem and how it will get worse. Instead, David chose to encourage himself in the Lord.
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. Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” 1 Samuel 30:6-8
Kind David remembered that he could count on God in good times and in bad times. We need to remember that our Savior, Christ Jesus, has done so much for us and he will help us through our current struggles.
We have opportunities for a success in 2009 if we focus on His plan for our lives. But daily we must encourage ourselves with His plan. This year determine in your heart to renew your mind to the promises of God.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2