SOLEMN WHISPER DEVOTIONAL
Monday, 11th December, 2017
DEVELOP A HEART OF RESILIENCE
(1 Samuel 30:6-19; 2 Samuel 12:18-23)
By Obe Godson Ezekiel
MEMORY VERSE: 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 the LORD his God (1 Samuel 30:6).
In wrestling, you die hard; you don’t give up easily. You must make every effort to get up and fight back as many times as you get knocked down. In the same manner, we wrestle here in this world. The battle is a must-win!
A resilient heart is a type of heart that can recover quickly from depression, hurts, pains, disappointment, and the likes. Every child of God needs this heart to withstand the challenge of the battle we fight.
You may have good people, wonderful family and devoted friends who are always there. You may have a wonderful church, powerful prayer unit and good counsellors; not withstanding, a time will come when it will seem they don’t care or they are just not there. Turbulence is one of those things that characterise the journey. You must learn to encourage yourself in the Lord.
When David was perplexed and distressed, not only because of what the enemy had done to him but also that his friends had turned against him out of frustration, he encouraged himself in the Lord. Who or what is your source of encouragement when you are lost for action to take? Is it a friend, an alcohol of a brand or wild party? Be strong enough to develop the heart of resilience under the might hand of God and in obedience to his word.
Also, David, having fasted and prayed that the child should not die, and the child died still, he arose and moved on. Imagine the pain in his heart! That you have been praying and doing well doesn’t mean God will always do as you may expect. I have my story, and I know you have yours. Resiliency is one of the virtues tough people that live to fight another day have in common.
It’s an undeniable fact that you will get knocked down but you can always bounce back. And so it is written, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10. Are you being knocked down by situations here and there? Develop the resilient heart so you may be able to go back to God and move on with your life. Enough of stories that will not help your life. Let God be your first confidant.
PRAYER: O Lord, I just can’t help the challenges on my own. Please, strengthen my friends and me to carry on in Jesus’ Name. Amen.