The LORD is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
When it comes to lifting weights, there is a tremendous gap between professionals and beginners. Professionals have trained and know how to lift heavy weights without injuring themselves, while beginners are prone to injury.
When David faced unceasing persecution from King Saul, the weight of his circumstances and responsibilities crushed his soul. Fear and depression began to dictate his reality and choices. He fled to the land of the Philistines for safety and lived deceitfully under the rule of King Achish.
When it comes to difficulty, we will always be beginners. Certain situations use up all the strength we have: emotional, physical, and even spiritual strength. When we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders, we can carry it on our own or we can look to God. Our burdens are light to Him. As we meditate on His promises amidst the storms of life, and listen for His guidance, He will remind us that this situation is not the end of our story. He is the God of possibilities and hope. We have a future.
Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up. Charles H. Spurgeon