Life’s challenging obstacles can cause us to feel overwhelmed with heartache, sadness, and despair. During these challenging experiences in our lives, it is vital that we draw close to God so He will draw close to us. Although you face troubles, remember that God, our heavenly, all-knowing Father, knew what you would encounter before the foundations of the earth were laid.

That unpleasant, life-changing experience you faced might’ve been a shock to you, but God knew about that before He created you and He already set up an internal encouragement system within you to assist you during difficult times, when you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior. Despite the setbacks, detours, and pit stops you face, remember that God has a purpose for you that will be fulfilled.

In scripture, David experienced a devastating, overwhelming event. David returned home with his men only to find that the Amalekites raided and burned his land with fire and took captive the women and children. David and the people who were with him wept until they were too exhausted to weep any more, and the people with David spoke of stoning him. Everyone was affected and in distress, but God came through in timely encouragement.

Remember David had a relationship with God; David was a worshiper and a man after God’s own heart. So even in the midst of distress, the scripture states that David felt strengthened and encouraged in the LORD His God and sought God’s direction regarding his troubles and David recovered all that the enemy stole from him. After David encouraged himself in God, I believe he was able to inquire of God’s direction because he had faith and witnessed God’s provision, protection, and promises performed in the past and knew without a doubt that God would come through for him.

You’ve probably experienced a situation similar to David when your steps were ordered to return to a place and everything was totally out of your control, individuals connected to you were negatively impacted and their actions and words indicated that they wanted to get rid of you! Let this be encouragement to you that no matter the situation you are facing or have faced, allow God’s encouragement system to kick in (The Holy Spirit) and inquire of Him at all times regarding your route of divine recovery. God comes through on time for you!

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11 thoughts on “TIMELY ENCOURAGEMENT

  1. Good, thoughtful post. I wish I had a relationship with God when I was in the throws of my depression at 16 years old. (I accepted Christ a year later!) This piece would have helped me immensely if I did at the time. Thankfully, God has brought me through the tough time, and I still can apply this to my life during future dark times. So, thank you.

  2. Lucretia, I really appreciated your post. I totally agree that when we are discouraged we can tend to look first for horizontal, earthly affirmation and encouragement rather than look vertically towards God. We need to flip this, because God is the ultimate source for finding encouragement in whatever specific way we need it. He is the Great Provider and Care Giver and it is through his abundant love and grace that we find the ultimate encouragement that can sustain us in the dark seasons and experiences of our lives.

  3. That’s a good writing. I know that I, when in the beginning of a mess, don’t even think about God not being limited to time as humans are so I get boxed in by my own thinking.

  4. I’m Thankful and Grateful That Jesus Christ is my Life. I tell others let us continue putting our trust in Him. He knows us better then we know ourselves. God Bless you!! Agape!! ((Hugs)) 🙂

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