Bishop Blake: What To Do When You’ve Lost Everything
Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. takes inspiration from the magnificent life of King David in 1 Samuel 30, and in his power to overcome adversity and devastating circumstances.
1 Samuel 30:6 (NKJV) – Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
There are very few people who are genuinely happy in the world today, and they respond in many different ways when they’re faced with trouble. Some people resign themselves to trouble. Some people blame other people for their distress. There are many elders who dislike young people just because they’re young. And many young people have no use for their elders and think that they know more than their elders do.
Each of us has a battle with ourselves. But those who take things into their own hands soon find out how weak their hands really are. Put yourself in God’s hands and you’ll find no better place to be in all of the universe.
INSPIRATION FROM THE LIFE OF A KING
The life of King David is one of the most spectacular adventure stories ever recorded in the annals of history. David ascended from the care of his father’s flock to the rulership of the flock of almighty God. He was aware that promotion comes neither from the east or the west or from the north or the south. David knew that it is God Who takes down one and puts up another.
In our scripture, David’s town had been burned and his family and possessions were taken away by his enemies. David had to be discouraged. He had to be sick at heart. David had to be depressed but these are feelings that are also common in our day. Bible says, however, that David encouraged himself in the Lord; he strengthened himself, praying to God for guidance. He reminded himself, “My God is a mighty God, and if He is a mighty God, there’s nothing He cannot do. There’s nothing that He cannot overcome, nothing that he cannot deal with.”
HAVE A TALK WITH GOD
When you’re feeling low, just remember that God is in your life. He’s a mighty God. He’s a wise God. He’s a loving God. He cares about you. When everything is going wrong, when everything is too hard to handle; too much to deal with, don’t just sit there in your predicament. The Lord will not let you down. He’ll be with you through thick and through thin. Remind yourself that your God is not a weak God, your God is a mighty God. Taught the wind to blow. Taught the birds to fly. Come on, say, “Our God is a mighty God!”
Child of God, have a talk with Jesus.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: 1 Samuel 30; Matthew 18:11; Luke 15:4-8, 11; Hebrews 2:1; Philippians 4:4-8; Jude 20; Psalm 46:1; Luke 10:19; 2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 40:31; Philippians 4:19; Ephesians 3:20; Galatians 6:9; Psalm 30:5.
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