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Navigating an Odd Season in Your Life
By Pastor Michael Picone
1 Samuel 30:6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
This was extremely odd and out of character for these men to want to kill David because they were used to looking out for him and protecting him, in fact, putting their own life in danger to protect the "lamp of Israel" (2 Samuel 21: 17). This was indeed (to say the least) a difficult or an odd thing for David to walk through.
You may be in an odd or difficult season in your life or ministry, just like David. There may be some circumstance or relationship or sickness or even regrets of past decisions that you have made, your ministry has taken on a different appearance, or you are feeling like everything went sideways (feeling a bit "out of joint").
No matter what it was or is, like David, we need to find strength in the Lord to navigate this time. A thought to ponder: How did David find strength in the Lord? I believe the Psalms of David reveal some of his finding strength in the Lord, like Psalms 61 (please read it).
I also think that there was a deep down settled knowing in David that God never changes.
He believed in God's consistency. God called him to be King over Israel and would not abandon David in his time of need, something we need to remind ourselves of especially when the enemy of our soul pours doubt on our calling or on who we are or who we belong to or of the things we have accomplished. Verses to think on:
Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Hebrews 13:5-6 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Ultimately our Lord who is the captain of our vessel will guide us through these times that come and go through our life, if we faint not and trust in Him.
Father, I trust you and believe that no matter what is happening around me or even in me (my body) you are not only greater, but you have a plan for me in this odd season, a plan not only for my good but to help others that hear how you delivered me. Thank you that you never change. I believe in your consistency and unfailing love for me Amen.