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Girlfriends in God is a non-denominational ministry that crosses generational and racial boundaries to bring the Body of Christ together as believers. Just as God sent Ruth to Naomi and Mary to Elizabeth, God continues to use women to encourage and equip other women in their spiritual journey. We are doing life together! The Girlfriends in God Daily Devotional is our popular daily Bible devotion for women. GIG Devotionals for Women offer wisdom and insight for applying Biblical truths to the ups and downs of everyday life. Reading daily devotions provides strength and encouragement in your daily walk with Jesus Christ.

Girlfriends in God - April 23, 2012

April 23, 2012
Where Do You Go When You Hit Rock Bottom?
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth
“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God,”(1 Samuel 30:6 NIV). 

Friend to Friend
Sometimes life doesn’t work out the way we thought it would. This was certainly the case for a teenage boy named David who was anointed the next King of Israel.

While King Saul was still on his throne, God chose David to be his successor. This didn’t sit too well with the King and he made every attempt to kill David before the crown could be placed on his handsome head. The young David, who earlier had bravely charged the Philistine giant, Goliath, now ran for his life. The one place Saul didn’t think David would hide was among the Philistines whom he had previously shamed. So that is exactly where David hid…the briar patch, so to speak.

By this time, David had a six hundred man army gathered round him. Each man brought his wife and children to live in the camp. The rag tag team of outcasts became David’s kingdom for a time.

One day while David and his men were off fighting a battle, another group of people, the Amalakites, invaded their camp and took all their wives and children captive. When David and his men returned home, they found empty beds, smoldering fires, and the haunting absence of familiar voices.

The men wept until they had no more tears or energy for recourse. Rather than devise a rescue plan, they turned their anger on their leader and threatened to stone him. Hurting people often hurt people and they were looking for someone to blame.

Can you imagine how David must have felt? His previous employer was trying to kill him (he had worked in Saul’s palace), his best friends had turned against him, and his wife and children had been taken captive or possibly killed. Where was he to turn? How could he encourage his men when he had nothing left to give?

There was only one place to turn…to God.

“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6). Friend, sometimes to God is the only place we have to go. Isn’t it a shame that we wait until God is our last resort rather than our first line of defense? Yes, God has called us to live in community with other believers, but sometimes I believe He wants us all to Himself.

Moses was alone with God when he talked to God in the burning bush. Hagar was alone with God when he spoke to her and gave her water in the desert. Elijah was alone with God when God revealed Himself in the still small voice. Hannah was alone with God when she poured out her heart in prayer for a child. Jesus often went away by himself to commune with His Father. Where do we go when we hit rock bottom? When we’re feeling empty? When we’ve lost hope?

Go to God. Strengthen yourself in the Lord your God. It worked for David and He will work for you. David later wrote, “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure,” (Psalm 18:32 NIV).

Let’s Pray
Heavenly Father, Please give me the strength I need to meet each challenge I will face today. Thank You that You promise never to leave me or forsake me. No matter how alone I may feel, or how many turn against me, I know that You are always there. You are always for me.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
Look up the following verses and note what you learn about God being your strength.
Deuteronomy 31:6
1 Chronicles 16:11
Isaiah 41:10
Psalm 22:19
Joshua 1:9

Let’s do life together. Log on to www.facebook.com/sharonjaynesand tell me which one of those verses is your favorite.

More from the Girlfriends
Today’s devotion was adapted from Sharon’s book, The Power of a Woman’s Words. Some of the most important words we will ever say are the ones we say in prayer. If you would like to learn more about how to use God’s incredible gift to you…words…then check out this book. You have the ability to speak life into those around you! You have the ability to change the course of someone’s life. 

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