September 5, 2018

1 Samuel 30:1 (NLT) — 1 Three days later, when David and his men arrived home at their town of Ziklag, they found that the Amalekites had made a raid into the Negev and Ziklag; they had crushed Ziklag and burned it to the ground.

Disobedience doesn’t just affect the one who disobeys. This incident wouldn’t have happened had Saul not disobeyed God by not destroying all of the Amalekites.(1 Samuel 15) You see if I tell a lie it doesn’t only mar my integrity it causes others around me to be on their guard because they can’t trust me; so unity is now destroyed.

1 Samuel 30:4 (NLT) — 4 they wept until they could weep no more.

There is a time for weeping and mourning but don’t let it go on and on until it has such a grip on you that you lose your trust in the Lord and are unable to praise Him.

1 Samuel 30:6 (NLT) — 6 David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

Have you ever felt like the world was against you? David must have felt that way. He was hated by and hunted by Saul, hated and not trusted by the Philistines, his city is burned to the ground and his wives and all his belongings have been plundered and now his own men were about to turn against him. And of course there is always the unseen enemy prowling around seeking to devour. So when the world is against you what do you do? You do what David did; you go and find strength in the One who created the World! You put things in perspective; nothing and no one is bigger, wiser, or stronger than the God of the Bible. He was David’s God. Is He your God?

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) — 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Instead of taking matters into his own hands David put the matters into the hands of God. God’s capable hands went to work and He worked out the situation for good.

Psalm 46:1–11 (NLT) — 1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. 2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. 3 Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude 4 A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. 5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. 6 The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! 7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude 8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world. 9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” 11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude

The take away truth is: Don’t take matters into your own hands, put them in the hands of God.

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