CRYING NOW?

Have you hit your breaking point? Are you discouraged and thinking about giving up? My word for you is to cry now and win later. I remember an incredible story in 1 Samuel 30 about David and his men. In the previous chapter, David, though living peacefully with the Philistines is now rejected by the commanders because they no longer trust him. The upcoming war between the Israelites and Philistines is creating tension in the camp. The Philistines army commanders believed that if David accompanied them to the battlefield, he would turn on them and fight for the Israelites. 

David is offended by this rejection because it pulls at his integrity. He explains and reflects on the previous events when he had proven faithful among them yet, they are not convinced and send him back to his home. The journey was long and it took him and his men three days to make it back to Ziklag, their home. This is the account of what happened when they arrived according to 1 Sam 30: 1-2: Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire 2 and taken captive the women and all[a] who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way (ESV)

Sometimes in life, challenges and disasters come suddenly and all at the same time. David now hits his breaking point after rejection that spoke against his character of integrity and the exhaustion of a three-day journey. He and his men raised their voices and wept until they had no strength. As if things could not get any worse, his men turned on David because of the bitterness in their souls and wanted to stone David to death. However, the Bible says “But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” 

My question today for you is, what are you going through that makes you cry? There is hope in the Lord for you. The challenges we face have never given us warnings when they are coming but we serve a God Who was, Who is, and Who is to come. Our God is faithful in times of trials because He will see us through every situation. Encourage yourself in the Lord today, wipe your tears and say, Lord, I trust you in this situation. What encouragement looks like some days is simply getting out of bed! Take one step at a time, turn the matter over to God in prayer, and believe that He is with you and victory belongs to you.

David sought wisdom from God by asking Him if he has permission to catch after his enemies. The Lord encouraged David to pursue his blessings because He would give him victory. The Lord showed David strategies on how to win against his enemies and get his family back. David was obedient to follow the Lord’s way and they were victorious in the pursuit. As you encourage yourself and turn the situation to God, the Lord will guide you. Ask Him for wisdom concerning the matter, stand committed to obeying his direction, and walk into your victory. If God is for you, which He is, then nothing can be against you. All things will work together for your good! 

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