I do not believe it is possible for a Christian to go through life without facing difficult times. The good news is that there is nothing wrong with going through difficult days and nights. In fact, James 1:2 - 3 tells us to "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance."
But what we need to concern ourselves with are the choices we make while going through those circumstances. Last night at church we looked at a time in the life of David where he made some choices that caused him to stay in a slump for over a year. David focused on himself rather than focusing his trust in God.
David looked at the horizontal rather than the vertical.
That is why during this time in his life...
No prayers of David are recorded in the Bible.
David writes no psalms of praise to God.
It wasn't until the town in which David and his men live in is attacked and David's men talk about killing him that David turns to God.
I love the end of verse 6 in 1 Samuel chapter 30: "But David found strength in the Lord his God."
For the first time in 16 months David looks up. David stops focusing on the horizontal and begins focusing on the vertical.
When everything crashes down around you... where do you find your strength?
Do you focus on the horizontal?
Perhaps God allows our horizontal to be taken away from us so that we will begin looking vertically.
That's why we should consider it all joy. Because when everything is gone... we still have God.