During setbacks, we have nothing left except to seek guidance from the Lord. The problems we face make us feel that the walls are tumbling in around us but through prayer, we are given a great power that guides us towards answers that are the start of comebacks.
Reading today in 1 Samuel 30, the Amalekites had raided Ziklag, burned it down, and taken everyone captive. When David and his men returned to Ziklag, their wives and children were gone and the city was destroyed. The men blamed David so he was greatly distressed but he found strength in the Lord his God (v. 6).
David inquired of the Lord on what to do and the Lord encouraged him to pursue the raiding party and rescue those taken captive. An Egyptian was found in a field who turned things around for David. The Egyptian had some information and David consulted with him to find out the location of the raiding party.
David and his men used this information to surprise attack the raiding party. The Amalekites were unprepared for the attack so the battle was won by David and his men so all the captives were rescued. All the plunder they had stolen was returned along with the flocks, herds, and other livestock. David was a hero and could have taken a large share of the plunder for himself but decided to share the wealth with others.
In our battles along this journey called life, we can enter into some discouraging times but like in today’s passage, God can use these times to strengthen us and we have prayer that connects us to powerful advice. Knowing God’s word, experiences, consulting with others, and the Holy Spirit are all resources used in gaining the victory.
Each day is a new day Lord. Yesterday is in the past and we have gained experience in how to better fight our battles in the future. Your word provides a plan and the principles taught by Christ will help us meet adversity, put things in perspective, and lead us into a future beyond what could have ever been imagined. Amen.