Read (from the New Living Translation)
20Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly…”
Today, Britt Nicole shares the story of her parents’ divorce and what it taught her about going through suffering.
She says, “I ended up writing a song about this experience called, “All This Time.” That song talks about how God has been with me since the very beginning… I remember running to my room as my family was going through this and feeling the presence of God come into the room. And I felt like God said, “Britt, I’m right here with you. I will never leave you…”
You might look at your circumstance and say, “This is it. I’m gonna be here forever… There’s no way I can come out of this…” God is gonna use you and he’s gonna use your story and it’s gonna be beautiful.”
Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible
Be Strong and Courageous – David encouraged his son Solomon with the same words that God used to encourage Joshua after the death of Moses (Josh 1:6). In both cases, a younger man faced a daunting task left unfinished by the great leader who preceded him. In our lives, we often struggle with tasks that seem too great for us to accomplish on our own. In these times, we should remember to be “strong and courageous.” Our God is with us even as he was with Joshua and Solomon.