The Law of Recovery


There is a helpful story in the Bible which we can benefit from today. David and his men had returned from battle and found that their city had been invaded and burned. Their wives, sons and daughters had been taken captive. The Bible says that, “David was greatly distressed.” His men were distraught and weeping, but at this critical moment “David encouraged himself in the Lord.” David prayed to God and asked Him for guidance. “Shall I pursue after this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And God answered, “Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.”

So David did as God commanded him. He pursued his enemies, and “David recovered all… And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.”

What a wonderful story of encouragement for us. When there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, and the temptation comes to give up, and admit defeat, remember David and this story. Whether what you lost seems to be financial, physical, emotional, “Encourage yourself in the Lord.” Pray to your God. He is an ever-present help, and will surely show you the way out of any difficulty. God can and will recover all to you, as certainly as He did for David.

As Edward Kimball states in his book, “Lectures and Articles on Christian Science,” “Be not afraid. You can be a law unto yourself, a law of recovery from disease, a law to your business, a law of harmony to your welfare, and your own household, and all things in your life, because God gave man dominion, and you are entitled to it. In this very hour, you are entitled to be a law of recovery to your own self.”

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