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.
1 Samuel 30:6
Have you ever watched an outstanding athlete and wondered,
“How did he get to be that good?”
Obviously he didn’t get that way by being idle.
One of the key components of being a good athlete is strength training.
They need to have ability, but they also need strength and endurance.
If you have ever done any strength training,
you know that you can reach a point where you wonder if you can continue.
For quite awhile David had been fleeing Saul’s attempts to harm him;
he had also been fighting the enemies of Israel.
Finally he came home to a devastating situation.
The city where he and his men lived (Ziglag) had been destroyed by fire,
and the women and children had been taken captive.
We can see the impact it had on David and the men,
So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.
(1 Samuel 30:4)
Adding to his misery, the men were talking about stoning David.
Why would they do this?
They were upset about what happened to their sons and daughters.
(Isn’t that typical? When bad things happen people often want to blame someone.)
David must have felt he was at wit’s end.
He was physically and emotionally drained.
How did David react to this situation?
Where did he go to get strength and to be re-energized?
Did he go to a friend?
Did he go to an advisor?
Did he go to a counselor?
Did he go to an elder of the church?
No, he went to the Lord – he knew that was where he would find strength.
That was his best and most effective option.
The same is true for us, we can find strength in the Lord by:
Reading His Word.
The Bible tells us of His love for us, His promises given to us,
and His instructions to us.
Turning to Him in prayer.
God is ready to help us through our troubles,
however some seem to want to hold on to them.
We need to pray and trust the Lord to help us in our times of need.
Turning to His people.
Throughout Saul’s attempts to kill David, Jonathan (Saul’s son)
encouraged David and helped to protect him because of his love for him.
Our Christian friends who are unselfish can do the same for us.
They can remind us of God’s promises, teach us from God’s Word,
and pray intercessory prayers for us.
Whenever you need strength, don’t try to regain it yourself; instead turn to the Lord.
David was faced with an unbelievable ‘strength draining’ situation
that included emotional upheaval and threats on his life.
He showed us that there is only one option – turn to the Lord.
Pray, read His Word, ask friends to pray, and trust the Lord.
He strengthened David and He will do the same for you.