strengthened himself!

“David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” (I Samuel 30:6).

Once, David came across a terrible period of tribulations in his life. There were unbearable sorrows for him. The Amalekites invaded Ziklag and burned it with fire, 2 and had taken captive the women and those who were there. This was done in David’s absence. When David came back to understand what had happened he and his men lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

Though he cried David did not get disheartened but did three things to overcome the Amalekites. Firstly he attached himself to God. Secondly he took the matter to the priest and God. God answered him “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”

Thirdly, though two hundred men of the six hundred men who went with David to retaliate stayed back due to weariness, David did not lose hope and advanced with the four hundred men and pursued in his mission of defeating the enemies and getting back his family members. “And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all”. (I Samuel30:19).

God looks at you how you respond when you come across times of tribulations. Generally when a candle is brought near fire it melts. But when clay is brought near fire it gets hardened. Like the clay you also should become more and more resolute and rise in God.

In the game of football, generally the team which receives the first goal gets disheartened. But some teams will begin to play with more vigour after receiving the first goal. This extra energy will enable them to win the match finally.

So, never give up. To overcome depression increase your strength and make it staple. “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” (Proverbs 24:10). “He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily.” (Nahum 2:1).

Secondly look at God and call him. He will give you strength after strength. “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15). Thirdly catch hold of God’s promises firmly. Victory is yours.

To meditate: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).