“Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” – 1 Samuel 30:6
This chapter in the lives of the Israelites is filled with so much anguish. While David was out at war, someone came into the city of David, burned it down, and took their sons, wives and daughters captive. David’s two wives were also taken.
Can you even imagine the scene? Standing amongst the rubble and ashes, with no life in sight. The wailing of grown men fills the air, mixing in with the smell of fire and the eerie silence of an abandoned city. These men of war – worn out and exhausted – were expecting to be greeted by their wives and children, and instead destruction met them at the city gates. Everything and everyone they loved, was gone.
I’m sure these men, including David, were filled with righteous anger. Once the tears dried and the wailing stopped, they must have stomped and yelled for revenge. They could have easily stepped back into marching formation, armed with weapons and anger, and went in search of revenge.
But not David. Not the man after God’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14). No, this man strengthened himself in his God. I imagined that David retreated to his tent, fell on his knees and spoke the words that weave through all his psalms:
The Lord is my strength and my shield. -Psalm 28:7
Once he was strengthened in the Lord, he called the priest and inquired of the Lord: “Should I go after my loved ones or should I stay?” And the Lord said, go. So, David and his 600 men went after the enemy and rescued all of their people.
How do you react when something goes wrong in your life?
I pray that you’ll take a page from David’s playbook and strengthen yourself in the Lord. Go to Him for comfort and advice on everything. Even if it’s something as small as a stressful day when nothing seems to go right. On that day, go to a quiet corner, open your Bible and strengthen yourself in His word. Next, open your heart and pray about what to do. Then, see how the Lord transforms your situation into something with a happy ending.