Life is full of a lot of challenges. There are many negative darts that hit us as we journey in life. This is confirmed by Job’s word in Job 14:1, “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” When all hope seems to be lost you must turn unto God.
Now let us consider the story of David in the Book of 1 Samuel 30:1-21. David and his men had gone to fight a battle against the Philistines. Three days later, David and his men arrived back in Ziklag – his hometown, we he and his family lived. The Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They tore Ziklag to pieces and then burned it down. They captured all the women, young and old. They didn’t kill anyone, but drove them like a herd of cattle. By the time David and his men entered the village, it had been burned to the ground, and their wives, sons and daughters all taken prisoners.
This situation was so bad that when David and his men saw all these catastrophes, they burst out in loud wails — wept and wept until they were exhausted with weeping. In fact, David’s two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail widow of Nabal of Carmel, had been taken prisoner along with the rest.
David knew that he was in a big mess – even worse trouble. There was talk among the men, bitter over the loss of their families such that they made attempt of stoning him. What more trouble could be greater than this? It was a disheartening circumstance in the life of David.
What is really taking your joy at the moment? What is that thing that is discouraging you? Is it in your family, health, marriage or career?
David ENCOURAGED himself in the Lord (1 Sam 30:6). He ordered Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech, to bring him the Ephod so that he can consult God. Abiathar brought it to David and then David prayed to God, “Shall I go after these raiders? Can I catch them?” The answer came, “Go after them! Yes, you’ll catch them! Yes, you’ll make the rescue!”
Then David went; him and the six hundred men with him. They arrived at the Brook Besor, where some of them dropped out. David and four hundred men kept up the pursuit, but two hundred of them were too fatigued to cross the Brook Besor, and stayed there. They met an Egyptian who gave them the clue to their search and the Bible recorded that David rescued everything the Amalekites had taken. He rescued his two wives! Nothing and no one was missing — young or old, son or daughter, plunder or whatever. David recovered the whole lot. He herded the sheep and cattle before them, and they all shouted, “David’s plunder!” Then David came to the two hundred who had been too tired to continue with him and had dropped out at the Brook Besor. They came out to welcome David and his band. As he came near he called out, “Success!”
At this juncture of your life, you can’t give up. You need to cry unto the Lord for help.You too will soon overcome your troubles. Cheer up! The Lord is with you. There is hope for you.