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Total Distress

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1 Samuel 30:1-6 “And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”

Imagine with me for just a moment that you and your friends have taken a trip and you’re away from your family.  Upon your return, you find that someone has taken your spouse and children. Everything you own is burned to the ground.  What a tragedy this would be, indeed.  What would you do as a believer?

David and his men were greatly distraught, and rightfully so.  Today’s scriptures say that they cried until they were exhausted – there was nothing left within them to shed one more tear.  You’ve been there, haven’t you?  You cried so much you were drained of any power to shed one more tear!  To top it off, after David’s men were so grieved, they talked about killing him.  They must have thought that had they been at home, they would have been able to protect their families.  What guilt they must have felt!  What guilt David must have felt as well.

But what did David do?  He didn’t run away from his problems but instead he turned to his God!  Verse 6 says “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”  David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.  David didn’t have the scriptures to read.  He couldn’t turn to his favorite passages.  His relationship with the Lord was such that he went straight to his source of encouragement.

I am so thankful that we have God’s word to turn to.  This is where we meet Him.  This is where we place our anxieties and stresses at His feet and await healing. 1 Peter 5:7 is one of my favorite verses.  How many times have you read this verse?  Has it meant the same each time?  1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”  God cares for us, my friend.  He does not leave us alone in times of need.  Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” 

If David can make it through hard times, so can we.  His God is our God.  The same God who parted the Red Sea can take care of your problems the same way that God took care of David’s dilemma.  As you read further into 1 Samuel 30, you see that God helped David and his men take back their families.  God heard David’s cries and those of his men.  He came to David’s  aid and God was glorified in the end.  Do your friends and family see your God through the way you handle your hard times?  Let the Lord renew your strength and don’t be weary. God hears you – He loves you!

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