THE PIT OF SELF-PITY

1 Samuel 30:1-18

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. 1 Samuel 30:6

She spent most of the day moping in her favorite chair in her room. It was a rainy day, and the dark clouds and drumming of the drops on the roof only accentuated her gloomy mood.

“Why do these things have to happen to me?” she said to herself with a sigh. She had gotten nothing but bad news the previous week. Her job was no longer secure, her car’s engine needed to be replace, and she was still bothered by a persistent and painful sinus infection.

The more she thought about her situation, the more she felt sorry for herself. She didn’t want to hear the words of her best friend, who encouraged her to take her troubles to the Lord in prayer. Somehow, it seemed more comfortable to feel down and dwell on the negative.

Though she didn’t know it, this woman was trapped in the pit of self-pity. This pit is especially deceptive because it often doesn’t feel like a pit. It’s much easier to focus on the pain than it is to examine God’s solutions an seek His comfort. Sometimes it takes the tough words of a friend to pull you out of the pit onto the high ground of God’s tender love.

Are you having a pity party today? Self-pity is a comfort blocker. Wallowing in depression keeps you from experiencing God’s victory. Invite Him to join you, and He will turn your pity into His praise.

Turn my self-pity into praise, Lord. Thank You for Your goodness to me.

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