Seeking God In Times Of Distress

Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. And David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. And David inquired of the Lord , “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.” So David set out, and the six hundred men who were with him, and they came to the brook Besor, where those who were left behind stayed. But David pursued, he and four hundred men. Two hundred stayed behind, who were too exhausted to cross the brook Besor.
1 Samuel 30:1‭-‬10 ESV

There are two things that can be learned on this passage, especially when we are confronted by problems in our lives. First and foremost, in times of distress, we draw our strength from the Lord, as what David did when his people threathened to stone him. As their leader, David could have insisted his authority over them to stop them from casting their frustrations to him. When we are being wronged, our first instinct is to defend ourselves and manipulate the people around us. But David showed us that we must look on God to strengthen us in facing our adversaries.

Second, we pray to God for direction. David also had his wives captured by the Amalekites but instead of rescuing them as fast as he could, he asked Abiathar to bring the ephod so he could inquire to God. Again, when we are faced with problems, we usually jump right into solving them on our own ability without consulting the Lord. We often forget about God because we see our troubles bigger than Him. However, we know that He is able to point us to the right directions for nothing is hidden from Him. We may not physically hear His voice but we can always read what He has to say thru the Bible.

Now that we are follower of Christ, we can always find strength from the Lord, pray for His leadings and understand the Bible for His will through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jesus did not promise that we will have a storm-free life but we will have a storm-proofed life. We will endure all our trials because of His finished work on the cross.

Soli Deo Gloria!

-Rhia

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