Ever become very unpopular? Ever feel like "everyone's against me?" I kind of feel most Christian workers, pastors, missionaries, and leaders think like that ever so often. And sometimes the reasons for the bad feelings are legitimate.
Take David. For those of you who are unfamiliar with his life, let's just say he had a tough road to travel on ever since he was anointed by Samuel to be the next king. You read about this in 1 Samuel 16. You might need to read from there to the current verse we're looking at now. David was a godly man but he didn't always make the best choices. This episode came about because as David was running away from King Saul, David went to live with the Philistines, Israel's arch enemies. That wasn't such a good move. And then when the Philistines were planning on fighting Saul, David took his men from their city to join the Philistines! Another poor decision. At least the Philistine generals had enough sense not to let David go with them. So David had to go back to the town where he and his men had been living. To their surprise, another enemy had invaded their town and took everybody hostage! David and his men were heart-broken and cried until they had no more strength to cry? (Ever feel like that?) To make matters even worse, now his men were ready to get rid of David. "Stone him" was the cry! What was David going to do when NO ONE was there to support him? What would you do? What do you advise someone else to do when they are so unpopular and the "world is against them? What did David do?
He "strengthened himself in the Lord his God." Remember, David had faced lions and bears when he was younger while watching his father's sheep. He had faced down Goliath and killed him with a sling shot! Now all his men who had been faithful to him for years were so upset. But David knew God had never let him down. And he knew God wasn't going to abandon him then. He trusted God and God turned everything around within a day or two! David and his men got everyone back and even got some "spoils" to enjoy as well.
Learn the value of spending time with God every day! Don't wait for the "bottom to drop out of your life" before you start praying. Learn how faithful God is each day and you'll trust Him when the going really gets rough. Take David's example as the correct answer to the question: "What do you tell someone when they feel they have no one to help them?" Learn to "strengthen yourself" in the Lord, YOUR GOD!