Daily Word for Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Trouble of any kind can be difficult; even the mentioning of the word ‘trouble’ evokes unpleasant feeling or thought. No one, all things being equal, wants trouble and yet it comes. It comes without regard for our schedules or plans; it comes without regard for our health or well-being.
In a sinister way it mimics the children’s game of ‘hide and seek’; “ready or not, here I come.” It sometimes offers us the variety package where there may be an assortment of issues, all at the same time; and just when we think that we have a handle on them some get worse.
David, in I Samuel 3:1-9, provides us with great insight as it relates to managing issues that have become cumulative in nature and are demanding our response.
I Samuel 3:1-9 – Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. 2 And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, 3 and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the LORD where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, 4 that the LORD called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” 5 So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down. 6 Then the LORD called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 (Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor was the word of the LORD yet revealed to him.) 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD had called the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
Consider the following principles for managing crisis:
1. Appropriate expressions at appropriate times are appropriate.
I Samuel 30:4 – Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
• Weeping at appropriate times is appropriate.
• Wholeness is owning all of who you are.
• The Bible said, “Jesus wept.” – John 11:35
• Weeping is a response of great value.
• Joy follows weeping. – Psalm 30:5 [For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.]
2. Decide to be a positive influence in your challenge.
I Samuel 30:6 – 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.
David did what no one around him was doing; he became a positive influence in the challenge.
Dr. Barbara Fredrickson – Psychologist and Researcher in her book “Positivity” wrote that positive emotions are important for resiliency and for being able to better deal with negative situations and setbacks. In her research she has found that positive emotions enables you to think more clearly and more creatively about how to handle and deal with problem situations while negative emotions as a rule tend to constrict and limit your creativity and problem solving capabilities. She also found that positive emotions tend to promote positive actions and behavior while negative emotions promote the opposite.
3. Put on your garment of praise.
I Samuel 30:7 – Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David.
Isaiah 61:3 – To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
• Some challenges require you to praise your way out.
• Praise repositions us.
4. Ask God for direction and follow His direction with abandonment.
I Samuel 30:8-9 – So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” 9 So David went, he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the Brook Besor, where those stayed who were left behind.
Psalm 27:1-5 – The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. 4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple. 5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
My friend, meditate on these principles; start at the top and work your way down and as you do, EXPECT GOD TO MOVE!
Peace and blessings!