Wednesday, January 13, 2016
I was reminded yesterday morning of a biblical account in I Samuel, Chapter 30, which depicts a difficult event in the life of David. It was one of those times in life I think it is safe to say we are all familiar with, one when bad things get even worse. Obviously, David got careless and failed to provide security in the city where they were temporarily housed while he and his men went out on a mission. While they were away, the Amalekites came and took with them all the wives and children. Though these were hardened men of war, verse 4 tells us: “So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.” These men who had chosen to follow David, and who had been extremely loyal and faithful up until that point, were so overcome with anguish that now they considered stoning him to death. To emphasize the gamut of emotions that may have raced through David’s heart and mind at that point, here is what the great bible commentator, Matthew Henry wrote about it: [[“Saul had driven him from his country, the Philistines had driven him from their camp, the Amalekites had plundered his city, his wives were taken prisoners, and now, to complete his woe, his own familiar friends, in whom he trusted, whom he had sheltered, and who did eat of his bread, instead of sympathizing with him and offering him any relief, lifted up the heel against him and threatened to stone him.”]]
It may be that one, or two, or more of you who are reading today’s blog is going through an experience similar to David’s. You are going through a difficult trial and instead of things easing up, they are getting tougher. To make things worse, even those in your life who usually pick you up during hard stretches, are offering no comfort or support now that you need it. So what are you going to do now? What is your next step? May I suggest you do what David did? Verse 6 tells us: “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.”
When finding ourselves in a situation such as this, there can be no better formula for relief and subsequent victory than this. When David sensed he had no one or nowhere else to turn to, he took his plea for help to the Lord, his God. In the end, the Lord helped him recover the wives and children, and the extremely strained relationship between him and his trusted soldiers was restored. If you, like David, are greatly distressed and feel all alone in your trial, lift up your head; the Lord will be as faithful to you as He was with David. Relief and victory are on the way.
Memory verse for the week: (Romans 13:8) “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.”