Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 30-31, 2 Samuel 1, 1 Chronicles 12:20-22, 10:1-14, 9:40-44
The end of 1 Samuel and our journey into 2 Samuel is like the second act to an epic movie.
Everything has changed.
Saul is dead.
Before his death, a drastic blow occurs in David’s life. David and his 600 men had never lost a battle. The city of Ziklag, where David and his men were living was destroyed. While David and his men were out doing their thing, the Amalekites burned their city, confiscated their wealth, and their wives and children had been kidnapped.
It was only by the grace of God the Amalekites spared the lives of their wives and children because David had killed women and children on numerous occasions.
What the Lord did for David in this particular dark hour brings great truth for how God is there for us during ours.
1. God gave David STRENGTH.
1 Sam 30:6 But David found strength in the Lord his God.
The Lord encouraged David so that he didn’t resist Him, but trusted Him. Whenever a crisis occurs in our lives, we need the courage to face it. God gave David wisdom to know what to do next and encouraged him along the way.
2. He gave David DIRECTION.
1 Sam 30:8 …And the Lord told him, “Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!”
God does the same for us. God gives us direction during our darkest hours. Where else do we have to turn? Where else can we go? Why look anywhere else? David and his men were tired, but God gave him direction. David listened. When we step out in faith and trust God, He will guide us when we need it.
3. He gave David and his men VICTORY.
1 Sam 30:18-19 David got back everything…and he rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing: small or great, son or daughter, nor anything else that had been taken.
David and his men not not only got their wives and children back safely, but they had the strength to defeat their enemies. When God gives us strength, we can defeat whatever caused our darkest hour as well.
Psalm 37:5 (NLT)
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
-Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Joshua-Esther, (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook Publishing, 2001).