Where do you find your strength, courage and direction?
Where do you go to when you are in danger, distressed, upset, and afflicted?
1 Samuel 30
God has had me looking at this bit of scripture for a week or so. David and his men just came from battle, to discover their town burnt; all their children, wives and valuables taken. They were so upset they wept until they could not weep anymore. The men were so bitter and mad at David, because he was the leader, that they wanted to stone him.
Now it says, David was in great danger, distressed, upset, and afflicted.
So, what did David do, in that moment?
Did he call a prophet?
Did he plead his case?
Did he fight those men?
Did he explain himself?
David found and drew strength in the LORD his God.
He took courage from, and encouraged himself in Him.
Then he sought God, asking Him what to do. God gave him direction, and a promise. “Pursue them, you will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
On their way they find a slave that was part of the raiding party, but left behind, he has not eaten or drank for 3 days, he agrees to lead David right to them…as long as David promises not to kill him or give him back to his master.
They fought from dusk until night the next day, and none got away, except 400 young ones that rode away on camels. David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back. He took all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock.
Now 400 of these same men, that had wanted to kill him, were saying… “This is David’s plunder.” Praising him for the success.
200 had stayed behind, too tired, and the 400 that went were saying they should not have the same reward, but were called evil and wicked for being like that. David said “NO! We will all have the same reward, we will all share alike.”
Then David even took some from what they recovered and sent it to villages all around to those in all the other places where he and his men had roamed. And listen to what he said:
“Here is a gift for you from the plunder of the Lord’s enemies.”
He did not say, my enemies, or my people’s enemies. But the LORD’s enemies! His men had been calling the plunder his, but David called it God’s.
David was one with God, and he knew he was, that is why he was strong and courageous. He knew he could ask God what to do and God would tell him, not only that, but God would also give him a promise, and deliver!
This is why David won battles and the reason he was loved by those he served and led.
If you want to be a giant slayer, you need to hang out with Someone bigger, stronger and smarter that any giant.
You need to learn to draw your strength and courage from Him. To think like God and not like the wicked men that did not want to share the plunder. And you need to KNOW that you and God are one, everything you do, you do in Him, by Him and for Him. Peace will be yours, because you know, if someone comes against you, they are coming against Him, and for that reason, you are forever safe and secure.