The stories of David have inspired many believers with his life of courage and faith. Most notable was his battle with Goliath. This week however, we are going to look at a situation where David discovered that God was the God of answers, even in the most difficult of circumstances.
After Samuel anointed David to be king in place of King Saul, it wasn’t an easy path to travel. He had to prove his leadership every step of the way. Just when he seemed to get some relief from the persistent pursuit of King Saul, disaster hit. He and his men returned to their camp at Ziklag, and found the Amalekites had raided it in their absence.
“Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag and burned it with fire, and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way” (1 Samuel 30:1-2 NKJV).
Whenever you come into conflict with people, realize who your real enemy is. People are not your enemy, you have only one adversary and that is the devil. The Apostle Paul put it his way, when he wrote:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV).
We should keep our guard up against the enemy at all times, even when things seem to be going well. He especially likes to attack after a major victory, because that is when we often let our guard down. Here, when everything seemed to be going well for David, the enemy struck a nasty blow against him.
“Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep” (1 Samuel 30:4 NKJV).
What do you do when you are overcome with emotions of grief, worry, doubt, fear, loneliness or confusion? Let me share with you a secret found in the words of the Apostle Peter:
“Casting all of your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NKJV).
You can cast all of those feelings upon the Lord, because He cares for you. He wants to carry all of your burdens. In fact, He offers to carry them all for you. Isn’t that wonderful?
David’s situation went from terrible to worse:
“Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters” (see 1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV).
When you find yourself in a great crisis, what do you do? Do run to the Lord, or do you run away from Him? God wants you to run to Him. Even though He may use others to help you, He is your ultimate source.
Look at what David did:
“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (see 1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV).
Personally, I like the way it is worded in the King James Version:
“But David ENCOURAGED HIMSELF in the Lord his God” (see 1 Samuel 30:6, emphasis mine).
When there is no one else to encourage you, you can encourage yourself. Encourage yourself in the Lord, just like David. He is always there to lift you up!
David learned through many difficult situations that God was his source for everything. He had an answer for every problem and every situation. He said to Jeremiah:
“Call to Me, and I will ANSWER you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV, emphasis mine).
What did David do in his dilemma? He went to the God of answers!
“So David inquired of the Lord, saying, ‘Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?’
” And He answered him, ‘Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all’ ” (1 Samuel 30:8 NKJV).
When things look impossible to you, that is when you need God’s perspective on your situation. What looks like an impossible situation to you, looks possible to God. He is ever ready to show Himself strong on your behalf. He said:
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (see 2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV).
The King James Version reads, “whose heart is perfect toward him.” This is the person who is not looking to any other source for help, but God alone. He is the One who will give you the victory!
“Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled. So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all” ( 1 Samuel 30:17-19).
It pays to run to God when the enemy attacks you. He will answer you and show you what to do. He will show Himself strong on your behalf. He will help you recover everything the devil has stolen from you. He is the God of answers!
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Hoy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., unless otherwise noted]