Preventing Enemies from Rejoicing Over Us
An enemy sought David, but it seemed that the Lord would not respond to David’s pleas for help. Therefore, he pleaded further with the Lord, saying, “Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed against him’; lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved” (Psa 13.3, 4).
David did not want to die with the thought that his enemy would rejoice, believing that he had prevailed over David.
What do you do when in a similar situation? Do what David did! Pray to God. DR
The Encouragers Need Encouragement
Watch what happened to Paul when his friends arrived in Corinth, “When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 18.5).
Verse 4 says that Paul had already been reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath. However, when his two friends arrived, it seemed to give him more energy and he went about testifying to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.
We see Paul as doing the encouraging, but sometimes he needed it. He had his strengths and he had his weaknesses.
Do you encourage others, or do you always need others to encourage you? DR
- Bulletin Articles from June 30, AD 2013 (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)
- Bulletin Articles from June 2, AD 2013: Abundance of Sacrifices & Jesus and Your Feet (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)
- Bulletin Articles from June 23, AD 2013 (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)
- Bulletin Articles from June 9, AD 2013: Suffering for the Sins of Previous Generations & How Do You Respond to the Boldness of Jesus? (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)