A REALLY BAD DAY
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
1 Samuel 30:6
Ever have a bad day — a really, really bad day? David had one. Before he was a famous king, David and his men returned home to their camp one day and found that a band of raiders had taken everything they had, including their families.
The Bible says that “David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep” (30:4).
Ever have a day like that? The story gets worse. David’s men blame him for the loss of their wives and children. So at this point in his life, David has hit rock bottom. His family has been kidnapped and his possessions taken. His men want to kill him. So what does David do? “David found strength in the Lord his God.”
At this point, we can see that a change took place. David leads a daring rescue and eventually overtakes the Amalekite raiders, and saves all of the kidnapped people.
The story ends well.
But really, the key to the story is what happened in that moment when a broken and confused David dropped to his knees and “found strength in the Lord his God.”
If life ever threatens to overwhelm you, take some advice from the life of David. Stop everything and figure out a way to strengthen yourself by meeting with the Lord your God.
It just might turn a terrible day into an utterly triumphant one. ♦
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