Read 1 Samuel 30:3-6 We’ve all been let down before by people. Some of us have maybe become negative to the point to where we actually assume that people are going to let us down. But, there’s not much that is as painful as when someone close to you fails us. We’ve all been let down by someone we truly relied on. King David faced a moment when everything was crashing down on him and even his own men were turning against him. David found strength in a way that we would be wise to learn from. King David and his men returned to the city of Ziklag, there wasn’t much of the city left. It had been burned to the ground by their enemies. Not only that, something even worse than that happened. All of the army’s wives and children had been taken captive. Understandable, these warriors were crushed. They literally exhausted themselves by weeping. King David’s family had also been captured. David was incredibly distressed because, on top of all this, his own men were discussing putting him to death because of the bitterness of losing their families. Even in David’s distress, the Bible says that he found strength in the Lord His God. Like David, it can sometimes feel like discouragement is all around us. It can feel like we are losing everything. Maybe even those we rely on the most will turn their back on us. It’s in those most desperate of moments that it becomes even more important for us to learn to lean on God for our strength and encouragement. Life can be challenging sometimes, and we need to have people in our lives who are there to help us up when we falter and to give us strength when we are weak. But, everyone, except for God, is human and will eventually let us down. God will never let us down. He will never leave us. Because of this, we must find true encouragement. Reflect Think back to when you’ve been let down in your life. This may seem depressing, but, as you reflect, realize that God was faithful to you even through those dark moments. He will continue to be faithful no matter what you face today. Pray Ask God to help you find your strength and encouragement primarily in Him. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
DIG DEEPER: Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 What To Do: Print or duplicate with a pen and paper or a notes app the SPECS Sheet. Go through the passage and listing out the Sins to abandon, Promises to claim, Examples to follow, Commands to obey, and Stumbling Blocks to avoid that’s found in the passage. This will help you begin going from the details of the passage to how you can specifically apply the passage. Download the SPECS Sheet]]>