David Encouraged Himself (1 Samuel 29-30)

After running from Saul and taking refuge in the land of the Philistines, David again finds himself in a troubling time. David fought the Philistine’s battles with them and served his master well, but at the time when they would face the Israelites, David was forbidden and wrongfully accused. David defended himself and tried to persuade his master to allow him to fight his enemies, but without success.

David, a man after God’s own heart, was rejected and wrongfully accused. Why was God allowing it to happen? Why did bad things happening to such a good man? Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? Have you ever done right in the work place only to be attacked? Have you ever withstood evil only to suffer loss as a consequence? When facing situations like this, we, like David, must recognize that a God is still in control.

Although things looked grim, God’s was using the wrongful accusation against David. Had it not been for his inability to fight for the Philistines, David would not have returned to Ziklag soon enough to lead the rescue for the women and children (1 Samuel 30:1-2). While in the midst of adverse circumstances, David encouraged or strengthened himself in The Lord (1 Samuel 30:6). In other words, as the battle raged in his heart, David held strong for The Lord. Victory in that battle led him to seek The Lord for counsel even though it appeared that The Lord had forsaken him (1 Samuel 30:8). Because of this, David prevailed, the women and children were rescued and The Lord was magnified.

As you face your most difficult trials, remember that God is sovereign and Lord over all, battle to keep your heart believing in God and continue to seek his face regardless of how things may appear. When you do, God will provide the guidance and deliverance needed.

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