by Rev Joel Yong
1 Samuel 30:1-6
Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
He was in distress.
The people turned against him.
Their loved ones taken captive.
The city set aflame.
What did he do on this stressful day?
He strengthened himself in the Lord.
We fall easily into the trap of gauging our worth based on what others think of us or the achievements we have racked up..
While pleasing, these things don’t last.
We WILL fall out of favor or off the ladder to success someday.
But His love for us transcends all that.
Are you in the same place as David?
Look to God, read the Scriptures especially the Psalms- they record David’s writings about how he looks to God when all seems bleak.