“But David encourage himself in the lord” 1 Samuel 30:6g
Life could sometime leave you stranded and disorientated as a result of the series of failure, setback and disappointment that it throws at you. Although you might have invested so much in life, you might have toiled all night like the biblical petered out Peter, but still, the world seems void, full of nothingness. Fate might be so much of a bully that would not bulge to you no matter how hard you knock its door.
While you go through this trying times, life sometimes is considerate enough to place people around you, who would be there to encourage you and help your through these trying times. They have always being there to sow into your weary mind their encouraging word. This words are usually potent enough to help you circumvent the challenges you contend with.
It is, however, unfortunate that these set of soul helpers are not always available at the time you need them, some might not be available to help you get through these challenging times. Some might be out of ideas as to how they might be of help to you, some might, in fact, be tired of your situation and they feel that your situation has gone beyond what they can contend with.
Some might go as far as lambasting you for the situation that you find yourself. They can go as far as becoming the antagonist to your campaign for a bright future. Of course, we know that it is not their fault. They are just being human. For your, however, to survive times like these, you need to encourage yourself in the Lord, like David did.
Our text, 1 Samuel 30, brought to fore the story of David, the great King of Israel and how those who were once loyal to him turned against him. These men once encouraged him to act on their behalf, however when things got out of hand, this same people turned on him, to the extent of threating to stone him to death. Despite the fact that there was no one to encourage himself, he activated his self-encouragement mode.
Self-encouragement might be one of the most difficult things to do especially when a person is in his lowest time of his life. It is like being your own doctor when you are down with Ebola. This emotional self-medication is difficult especially when those who were once with you lose faith in you and what you stand for. Nevertheless, every human being have to cultivate this spirit because, at one point or the other we will be without solace or a shoulder to lean on.
The action of your mentor, spouse, family members, colleagues, friends, followers, to question your effort to achieve your goal should not be taken personally; people get tired, especially when they have sacrifice so much for your dreams without see a thing to show for it. This is the situation of David’s men in 1Samual 30:6, they have sacrifice their life to David’s campaign, but they got nothing but misfortune.
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 1Samual 30:6
The story of the four Lepers in 2Kings 7, also points to the need for anybody who has been left by people around them to encourage themselves in the lord. These lepers were left alone to die outside the city, but at the end of the day, instead of dying they became the saving grace for the people of Samaria.
And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die. 2Kings 7:3-4
The best person that can encourage you is YOU, you are the only one that would stay with you through thick and thin. Your loved ones might have tried in time past to believe in you dreams and to encourage you, however they cannot be there all the time, moreover they have their own challenges to worry about. This is the reason why you must not lose your composure. You only can motivate yourself better than anyone can. Be your own motivational speaker, look into the mirror every day and speak positive words to your reflection that would get you through the day.
Just like David and the four lepers from the text we read, learn to encourage yourself in the LORD. This is because our God would always be with you in any situation that you find yourself. The Almighty God can never leave you, neither will he discourage you, he will always be there to direct your path. All you need do is to trust him and lade your burden on him.
May God help you as you learn to encourage yourself in the lord.