“But God did not give David into his hands”


Today’s Sermon:
“but God did not give David into his hands”
What are you facing reader?

Do you feel your enemies are relentless in hot pursuit? Do you feel overwhelmed by what you see in the news? Or maybe perhaps your in your own personal wilderness dealing with struggles few know. Whatever the threat maybe, we are that relying on the Lord is where we will find strength. Whether you face fears of what this virus has caused. Whether you may be facing some human adversary. Whatever we face whether fear of future or present crushing problems around us, David sets an example for us all as believers.
After years of being hunted by jealous king Saul, whom God protected him from, David faces other challenges in addition.
We will look at 1 Samuel 30, David and his men came back to where they were staying and found the Amalekites had raided the land. The men returned to find “When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. (1 Samuel 30:3-4)
David is not only distraught himself but things get worse, for it says: “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 –
David was their leader, but they started to take their pain and frustration out on him. Have you ever been in that position? First lets ask, “How often when we are in a dire place and hard place so easily look for someone to blame!” The men who followed David too their frustration out on their leader and almost stoned him. Yet David “Found strength in the Lord his God”
Ah, yes, the situation was not fully resolved till a little later, but David found strength in the Lord to cope in the meantime. It is called the “mean” time for a reason. During seasons of great pressure, time seems to prolong the agony of what we may be dealing with- but never as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ do we have to be without aid or help from on high.
God can often do several things when we face challenges beyond our ability to cope. One is he answers an urgent prayer and solves the problem with a quick solution. Yet, often, he may instead give us strength and grace to get through, tell us to wait in patience until he leads us out of it. Or, he may give us strength to presently endure it and then like He did with David call for a step of faith and obedience.
Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod. ” Abiathar brought it to him, and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue. ”
1 Samuel 30:7-8 –
Lets examine this, if David had not done what God advised and commanded, then this story would end tragically here. Yet he trusted God and obeyed Him fully and God gives those Amalekites into the hands of David and his fighting men, we see this
David fought them from dusk until the evening of the next day, and none of them got away, except four hundred young men who rode off on camels and fled. 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. 1 Samuel 30:17-19 –
Yet lets also look at how the men with David also did right, they chose to follow the Lord’s instructions and follow David into battle.
If they had gone through with blaming him for their hardship and stoning him, they would never recover what the Amalekites stole. So they pushed the discouragement aside and chose to follow David even though at the moment they feel he let them down!
Ah and dear readers, maybe you feel let down by your leader, your Lord, your master today. You may say well, “Why trust the Lord cause he seems to have let me down!” Yet do not turn back following Him because of temporary disappointment in where He has seemed to lead you,- though he leads us into troubled waters at time, that is not the time for giving up and despair or losing faith in Him. After all David’s men still followed their imperfect leader again when the odds were stacked against them, and they recovered so much! Yet dare we have leas faith in our commander who is perfect then these men had in their imperfect commander David?
Indeed some of us are too easily put off or shocked by hardness, that we fail to persevere to finally see the glorious outcome. So dear reader, let it not be said of you, but let it be said rather, you persevered and overcame and inherited a blessing through it.

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