Challenges call us to encouragement, they also make changes in our associations if we pay attention. I mean have you helped people and they turn on you because of a situation that could be God prompting elevation? Read 1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. Isn’t it something when you have lead a people into a place of victory, or even been a blessing in their lives, but challenging or distressing times meet you after the victory and the peoples character change toward you? The question we must ask is have they always been the same, yet hiding the truth concerning they’re inner workings? What I mean is have you had people pretend they were loyal because they were in a winning position with you and then when hardships came, they bailed out on you or even the begin talking with others about you betraying your trust. The scripture expose at least the two areas betrayal and disloyalty concerning David. The families being taken exposes the heart and intention of his followers as their minds changes concerning hurting him. We have all experienced betrayals in some way, as well as double minded people, but the key to this is understanding how to overcome these personalities.
Many would argue and add more conflict to the issues at hand, but Being like David is what we want to demonstrate. We want to make inquiring of the Lord to be the first thing we do in all situations. Inquire of relationships, inquire of employment, inquire of car purchase, housing, furniture, and friendships. Why because God knows best and when the challenge or test comes we can know without a shadow of a doubt that God has been our guide through it all. But when we make our own choices we find ourselves in a mess like the guys who dishonored David.
David inquired of the Lord and went right back into battle to get those things the amalikites had taken. Have you been in a war that you won recently and went home to find that their was more fighting to do? Have you accepted that fighting the good faith fight is what we do as Christians? Don’t let your flesh ware you down emotionally nor with pride. Inquire of the Lord because He has the sure fire way! In Jesus name have a great day!
Kim M. Warner