Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Source of Encouragement

How often it seems that problems come in multiples. Certainly Satan looks for any possible way to cause us to become discouraged and turn our backs on God feeling that He has let us down.

David was dealing with more than a plate full. Because Saul was seeking his life, he and his 600 men and their families had sought asylum in Philistine territory. What an awkward situation they found themselves in when the Philistines were going to war against Israel and they were expected to fight with the Philistines (see 1 Samuel 29)! It must have been God's intervention that caused the Philistine princes to reject their help and to send them back to their homes.

It was a long march back to their town of Ziglag. They must have been exhausted mentally and physically when, on the third day, "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" 1 Samuel 30:3. Can you imagine how David must have felt? Not only were his own wives gone, but he likely blamed himself for the other's losses. His men did blame him. "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"

(verse 6).

Now think about this a moment. David had been anointed by Samuel as king, but there appeared in his life no sign of God's favor at all. Would you be tempted to doubt God?

Let us now read David's response. "But David encouraged himself in the LORD his God"(verse 6).

This is the only place to find true help in our time of need. There was no sitting around feeling sorry for himself. "And David inquired at the LORD" (verse 8). He was ready to do whatever the Lord should reveal to him. Though very weary, he spurred his men into action at God's command, "And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives. And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great. . . David recovered all" (verses 18, 19).

The best way to deal with overwhelming circumstances is "Casting all your care upon him (God); for he careth for you" 1 Peter 5:7. That is just what David did as he "encouraged himself in the LORD his God" 1 Samuel 30:6, and as David, we also can be "more than conquerors through him that loved us"

Romans 8:37.






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