“When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—-Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod. Abiathar brought it to him and David inquired of the Lord, ‘Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?’ ‘Pursue the,’ he answered. ‘You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.’” (1st Samuel 30:3-8)
The circumstances David and his men faced at Ziklag wee so devastating the men considered turning on David. He was left with the loneliness that often accompanies leadership. In his distress he tuned to the God he served and found strength to go on leading. God gave David instructions and assured him of success. God always provides the power that enables His people to go on serving Him. Discipleship in Christianity depends on God’s power, not on human manipulation.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, David and his men found themselves alone, as their wives, sons, and daughters had been taken into captivity. The human response was to mourn for their loves one as is right. David, sought God’s counsel, as we should always do and found reassurance that they could catch up to the raiding power and successfully retake their families back. David’s example is a lesson for us all, that we are to seek You out, Abba, and allow You to give us guidance and direction on all matters. You are our God and it is appropriate and necessary to always come to You first, and not just take off without wise direction. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Only God can give all of Himself to everyone.”
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)
Followers of Christ find God’s strength in their times of weakness. People knew of the Messiah, which we believe was Jesus, therefore, they knew to go to God for direction. Those who trust in God with expectancy find power to accomplish His purposes. Paul had that kind of faith. He boasted of his own weakness in order to experience Christ’s power. Acknowledged weakness is the first step in receiving God’s enabling power. Those who feel strong in themselves do not reach out with expectancy for God’s power. In our sense of weakness and need God has opportunity to strengthen us. When we received God’s strength, we soar like eagles and run like champions on God’s mission. We then give God the glory for all He accomplishes through us. Clear enough?
“I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:10-13)
Growing in our Christian faith does not depend on our situation. Material resources do not provide the power a disciple needs. Only Christ can provide the strength needed to do everything God wants done. Paul was able to face all kinds of circumstances with contentment because he expected Christ to provide the strength required. Such strong faith qualifies a follower of Christ for big and difficult tasks.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and he power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1st John 3:10)
Christians serve by the enabling power God provides. The good deeds in our lies are God’s deeds, and He gets the glory. The old saying is still true: “One cannot work their way into the kingdom.” Why you say, because it is a free gift to those who accepting God through His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. The works that we do, we are led to do by God. They honor our relationship with the Godhead, but we cannot earn the kingdom. God’s grace and mercy has already paid the price!