My Church Notes- May 22, 2016
1 Samuel Chapter 30: 1-25
VS 6: 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 theLord his God.
Do you go through distress? How many times do we blame God for our stress? Why do we blame God for our distress? Is it perhaps we need correction ourselves or conviction?
Webster’s definition of distressed– Suffering great pain or torture; severely afflicted; harassed; oppressed with calamity or misfortune.
What kind of day do you have?
1- Mountain Top Days (these are the best brightest days and nothing is wrong and you don’t have a care in the world)
2- Ordinary Days (these are the uneventful, nothing to exciting, nothing is wearing us down)
3- Dark Days (drudge and despair, confusion and distressed)
Webster’s definition of despair– 1) Hopelessness; a hopeless state; a destitution of hope or expectation. 2) Loss of hope in the mercy of God.
There are times we need to journey through distress or despair in order to allow us to learn something new. The good news God always sees us through. If we are in the wilderness of life and don’t know where we are or where we are going, we need our Lord to get us through this journey. Walking this journey alone is not what the Lord intended for us.
We know this by reading his word-
Deuteronomy 4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
When you are going through a dark day – reading God’s word, writing a poem, reading Psalms which are praises to God or perhaps write a song may help with your dark days.
Frances Jane van Alstyne (née Crosby; March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915), more commonly known as Fanny Crosby, was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. Fanny’s work produced more than 100 million copies printed, despite being blind from shortly after birth.
“Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home” by Fanny Crosby
Jesus is tenderly calling you home—Calling today, calling today,Why from the sunshine of love will you roam Farther and farther away?
Calling today, calling today,
Jesus is calling, is tenderly calling today.
Jesus is calling the weary to rest—Calling today, calling today,Bring Him your burden and you shall be blest; He will not turn you away.
Jesus is waiting, oh, come to Him now—Waiting today, waiting today,Come with your sins, at His feet lowly bow;Come, and no longer delay.
Jesus is pleading, oh, list to His voice:Hear Him today, hear Him today,They who believe on His name shall rejoice;Quickly arise and away.
In Job we read how he has many dark days, however, we know by reading Job 13:15 he never gave up on God.
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
In Isaiah we read about his dark days, however, Isaiah does not give up on our God.
Isaiah 25:4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
Have you given up on God today?
May you not lean unto your own understanding but trust and read the living word of God and know he is a good God all days not just on mountain top days ………….but all days.