David’s two wives, Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel, were among those captured. 6 David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God. 1 Sam. 30:5-6
Observation- Finding Your Strength in God
David has been leading his men in and out of battle. They have won many a fight. However, while out fighting again David and his men leave behind their wives and children in the city of Ziklag. While out fighting their wives, children and livestock are taken hostage by the enemy and Ziklag is set on fire! David and his men are without hope and David is in danger of mutiny and death. Rather than plead his case, kill himself or runaway, David stops and finds a way to find strength in God.
What does it mean to find strength in God? The strength David found led him to then inquire about his family and if God would grant them victory to chase after the enemy and get them back. But first he found strength in God. This must be our response in times of crisis or hopelessness. We need to find a way to strengthen ourselves in God. Do you cry out to Him and ask for strength when you are weak? Do you turn to the Psalms or any scriptures of promise to find strength? I know for me, I have to go straight to the word and then worship when I am feeling weak. I find a great hope in scripture. I hold onto it for dear life and then I begin to worship. And then I find myself being strengthened by God.
God thank you that your word is full of stories of real people with real struggles just like me. Thank you for the strength you give in the most desperate of times. Teach me, remind me to always lean on you and look to you in those times of desperation where my flesh would rather look to other sources of hope or find ways to numb out my pain.