"And 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 for his daughters; but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God." 1 Samuel 30:6
When we stand before Calvary, we are reminded of the great hope we have because of the cross. Many Christians live as if there is no hope, but Christ's death and resurrection can give us a continual source of joy. Philippians 4:4 says, "Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice." God commands us to rejoice in him! He is our source of joy. When David faced incredibly discouraging circumstances, he chose to encourage himself in the Lord.
We can encourage ourselves in the Lord by thinking on two things. First, we must think about our salvation. God sent his only son to die for you! Had you been the only person on earth, Jesus still would have died for you. God loves you that much! You also have a home in Heaven and will one day spend eternity with Christ. When we think of our eternal destination, we cannot help but be joyous.
Also, we must encourage ourselves by helping others. There is no greater joy than to help others in their time of need. You may be thinking, "Well, aren't they supposed to help me? Here I am in difficulty and no one is helping me." When we focus on ourselves, the problem will always seem bigger than it actually is. We must focus on the burdens of others and take time to help them.
Are you living a life of joy today? When discouraging times come, don't let the devil rob you of your joy. Encourage yourself by thinking about your eternal home in Heaven. You will live with God forever. Also take time to help others. As we focus more on others than ourselves, our burdens will become lighter. Ask God now to help you live a joyful life today. "The joy of the Lord is our strength." Nehemiah 8:10.
Randy Morris, Minister