How Strength Comes in Times of Trouble

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

In 1 Sam 30:3-3 we read about David and all his men coming back victorious from a series of battles of surrounding enemies. They were happy and feeling on the top of the world when suddenly, as they were returning home after being gone for a long time, they saw smoke. It was coming from the city they lived in. They were about to find out that their enemies had burnt their town to the ground and more.

It says, “When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.” David’s men were so discouraged that they wanted to lash out and blame someone. They wanted to stone him as their leader. David’s family was also taken and so he was just as discouraged as they were, but instead of letting the discouragement overcome him so that he also was useless, we are told in verse 6, “but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” He briefly stepped aside from them, lifted his heart toward Heaven, and allowed God to flood his heart and mind with the assurance of past memories and promises that He was still on the throne and still there for them. David quickly regained his composure and stepped right back into His leadership role.

This could happen because it was a part of David’s character. He had learned to praise and worship and sing to the Lord in all the trials of life. He wrote songs speaking of God’s promises of deliverance. He knew what God had promised him and had seen God work in his life over and over. He refused to think God had abandoned Him!

The devil would like you to think that God has abandoned you. No He has not! He never will! It’s really only about whether you will abandon your faith and trust and time with God out of discouragement. David looked Goliath in the face. Moses looked at the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army coming at him. Daniel looked at the lions. Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego, looked at a fiery furnace. And Paul a raging sea. They all trusted God and saw His deliverance and help. God alone is worthy of your full and complete trust!

Let the Word of God speak PROMISE to you EVERY day. Read those promises. Proclaim them over your family and circumstances. Rebuke the devil and move forward. Get on your knees and seek Him asking Him for guidance every step of the way. Praise God together and believe He will turn things around. God wants you praying and believing and then working toward for His best. He will do the rest!

Put your name in His promises and write them out. Then say them, declare them, sing them, and get your family to pray them in faith together. This is what I do. I say, “The Lord is Tim Burt’s strength and shield from every danger. I trust in Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7 (NLT)

I can honestly say to all of you, I’ve been in many hard and seemingly impossible circumstances. But, by the grace of God, in most cases, I’ve kept my family upbeat because I’ve stayed upbeat. We always expected God to be around the corner with our answers. In time, hindsight always revealed His help. It always came! Always!

God’s promises are your source of strength in trouble. Stir up your faith and the faith of those around you and believe God together. You will see God arise!

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, our very present help in trouble.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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