Strength for the Weary, Part 9

Getting alone with God will bring strength and new direction.  

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Where do we go when we need to be strengthened?  

There is an example of a mighty man of God who needed strength.  His name is King David.  Yes, he was a man after God’s own heart, a warrior, a worshipper, a sold-out-to-God man.  Yet, there were times he needed to have God’s strength manifest in his life.  

Read the Psalms; David wrote most of them.  Within their pages are accounts of how he is lonely, fearful, weak, and depressed, yet he always finishes each chapter giving praise as he learned to rely on the faithful of God’s promises.  

I have another example of a time in David’s life when he needed the strength of God.  David was weary from battle.  He had seen the enemy capture some of his women and men, the city burned, and even his family was taken captive.  

How did this warrior respond? 

 “David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.  David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters.  But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”  1 Samuel 30: 4, 6 

How does one strengthen himself in the Lord?

We exercise faith in God and remember His power, His promises, and His Word.  Sometimes it’s even beneficial to recall His provision to us in the past, knowing that He can do it again. 

Don’t forget what God did before.  

We hold on to the hope He has given us, believing that God will be faithful to us, no matter what!  

David was in a position that none of us ever want to be in.  He lost all.  At that point, he had no earthly support; and even his friends turned against him.  Every support was gone except the support of the Lord.  

Needing God when no one else can help can be a good place to be in.  

God has given us a very important tool for us to use to strengthen us.  Prayer and worship are those tools.  

Perhaps, David picked up his harp again and began to play.  Maybe his quiet times in God’s presence began to strengthen him.  That will do it!  

God speaks when we get still before Him.  In those times, He often will point out where we went wrong but shows us how we can now do right.  

God talks can lead to self-talks.

One commentary said this: “Some of the best talks in the world are those which a man has with himself. He who speaks to everybody except himself is a great fool.” (Spurgeon) 

Getting alone with God will bring strength and new direction.  

If we read further about David, he inquired of the Lord and asked for the ephod to be brought to him.  The ephod was the priestly garment worn by the priests when serving the Lord in the sanctuary.  He became serious about hearing from God.  That’s a good place to be in.  

WHAT CAN WE TAKE AWAY FROM THIS MESSAGE? 

  • Go to God when you need strength.
  • Remember His promises.  
  • Open and read the Bible; God will speak.
  • Refrain from going to many people for advice. 

Take Note Here:  It’s not wrong to seek advice, but if we go from one person to another, we may never receive our answer from God.  Why?  Too many voices can bring confusion, not clarity.  We need clarity and peace, not confusion and chaos.  

 


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Mary Beth Pecora, a faithful wife, mother, grandmother, friend, worshiper and servant leader, who loves life and loves people. More importantly, she passionately loves God and the fullness of who He is! For twenty-three years she has served in leadership positions within the ministry of Aglow International. Currently, she and her husband serve at The Secret Place--A Psalm 91 Ministry. It's a place for individual folks to come, be exhorted and prayed for, while being ushered to ministry stations within the room. They continue to serve monthly in the Prayer Room at their home church that they have been a part of for almost forty years. In April of 2022 they both received their Ministry License and will pursue Ordination in the fall. She delights in encouraging folks of all ages within various walks of life. Her love of writing is now her passion, which led her to publish two books, "Restoration Explosion In The New Year," and "Navigating The Mysteries Of God." Above all that’s been accomplished and concluded, the BEST thing to her is knowing her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is her everything—her very best friend. Visit: Mybelovedsvoice.com

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