During the time David and his men were running for their lives from King Saul, they moved to the Philistine town of Ziklag, where they lived for over a year. Near the end of his time on the run, just before Saul died and David became king over Judah, some Amalekite marauders came into Ziklag while David and all his men were on a mission with the Philistine king, Achish.
After being sent home from the battle, the men returned to find Ziklag completely destroyed. The Amalekites looted the town, then burned it to the ground. They took captive all the men, women, and children. (If Saul had obeyed God, and destroyed the Amalekites when he was told to, this would not have happened. But, that’s a story for another time.)
In their utter distress over the loss of their families, the men threatened to kill David. He was their leader. They believed the responsibility fell on him. David was distressed over the loss of his family as well, but to have the men turn on him?
What to do? David turned to the LORD, and received strength.
Some of us have been in situations where we were greatly distressed. We’ve had our possessions taken, or destroyed. Maybe even lost our homes through fire, or an act of nature. Some of us have lost loved ones, and our hearts are broken. We’ve been hit with the cruelty of the world, and left to cry out for justice.
May I suggest we do what David did when we face the disasters in our lives? Turn to God. Call out to Jesus. Take his hand, and receive the peace only he can give.
What are your thoughts on the subject?
David was desperate. His soldiers were so upset over what had happened to their sons and daughters that they were thinking about stoning David to death. But he felt the Lord God giving him strength. 1 Samuel 30:6 (CEV)
I wish you well.
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