Most of David's life sets a prime example of faith for each of us. Even in the midst of his darkest mistakes, his faith never wavers. Take, for example, the day the Amalekites destroyed David's home town of Ziklag and carried off everything, including his wives and children...
How that must have hurt. David probably blamed himself for not being at
home when the enemy arrived; but to make things worse, his men blamed
him as well: "David was greatly distressed because the men were
talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his
sons and daughters." (1 Samuel 30:6a NIV).
is a wonderful model for each of us today: "But David found strength
in the LORD his God." (1 Samuel 30:6b NIV).
Why was it that
in the face of a stoning, David could find strength in the Lord?
Because he knew God. He knew that no matter what, he could trust God
to work things out.
David then continues to show us how to
respond in times of trouble. He immediately sought God's wisdom as to
what to do about the problem: "...and David inquired of the LORD,
'Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?'" (1
Samuel 30:8a NIV).
When God promised victory, David set out
after the Amalekites. It didn't matter to that his tiny army of 600 men
was totally outnumbered. He had God's promise, that that was good enough
Unfortunately for David, things only got worse. 200 of
his men were "too exhausted" to continue (See
1 Samuel 30:10). He had been
seriously outnumbered with all 600 of his men, but now that 1/3 of them
had dropped off, how could he even hope to recover the women and
Doesn't this always seem to be the case? We believe
God to heal our shaky relationship with our spouse; but then we are
served divorce papers. We believe God to heal a small cancerous tumour;
only to learn that there are multiple tumours throughout. We claim God's
promise for provision despite the minimum wage job; and then we lose
I don't know about you, but my response to God in
such times is something like this: "Lord, did I hear you right? Am I
truly following Your will? I mean, it was impossible then, but now...Now
there's absolutely no way!"
But this wasn't David's response at
all. In fact, the Bible doesn't record any hesitation on David's part.
It just says, "...but David and the other four hundred continued the
pursuit." (1 Samuel 30:10b NIV).
How could David so calmly
go on in the face of yet another calamity?
Because David knew
something that we would do well to learn: God is never
surprised by what happens! When God clearly told David to go, that he
would have victory over the Amalekites, He already knew that
the 200 men would be too tired to go on. He already knew that
David didn't need all 600 men. He knew that David would be
victorious with just 400! And because David trusted God, because David
knew that God is never surprised by the things that happen after He
gives a promise, the loss of those 200 fighters didn't faze him in the
The bottom line is this: when God says something, He
means it, and the little changes we see are not surprises to
Is your stand in faith only resulting in more problems? Take
heart! Whatever it is, God knew when He gave His promise that there
would be more problems, and He isn't surprised in the least! Let's learn
from David to not let these mushrooming problems faze us. Let's continue
to stand firm on the promise that God has given, no matter what happens,
for to God, there are no surprises!
In His Love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
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