David had just won, a string of spectacular military victories. But when he returned from battle and found his home destroyed by the Amalekites and his family taken captive, he was heartsick. He and his men fell to the ground and wept, until they could weep no more. But he didn't stay down. " And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all." (v 8). And David's self-encouragement, coupled with God's guidance, led him to his next victory. There's a lesson here. You must learn how to talk to yourself the right way, how to quote God's promises, and how to pray for yourself. And here's a promise from the Psalms that you can stand on: 'For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." (Psalm 30:5). Your joy will return. God has promised it! So look in the mirror today and declare, "This too shall pass. What doesn't destroy me makes me stronger. In the meantime I'll let this situation drive me closer to You, Lord." Come on—start encouraging yourself! The biggest battles bring the biggest victories. Your weaknesses can become discovery points for strengths you never knew you had. Recalling the worst time in his life, Joseph said, "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, . . ." (Genesis 50:20). And He still does that! Other people don't control your destiny, God does, and He's not like others. He can turn your pain into gain and your scars into stars! Regroup, refocus, and resolve to press on. The word for you today is: Learn to encourage yourself.
"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13)
God promises to be found when sought after with our whole hearts. How wonderful then, that it is He who places that longing within us. It is He who gives our hearts of stone to be hearts of flesh. Glory to God that He is merciful to draw us near! Praise to the Lord that He first loved us! Live now as righteous, taking heart in the gospel joy of the Lord!
Week #37 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 13-15
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 25-29
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 108-110
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 23-24
Thursday: (Prophecy) Amos 1-4
Friday: (Gospels) John 16-18
Saturday: (Letters) Titus