David Found Strength in God When His Men Wanted to Kill Him
When David and his men return from battle, they find that the Amalekites had raided their base, taken their families, and stolen all their belongings. David’s men are mad, and they blame him. They’re so inflamed with anger that they talk about killing their leader. How does David respond?
He finds strength in God.
Though I’ve been in difficult situations and encountered people who hated me, no one’s ever threatened to kill me, so I can’t fully understand David’s situation. But I can comprehend his response. David seeks to find strength in God. That’s all he needs to get through the situation.
If strength in God was all David needed when he faced people who wanted to kill him, we can also find strength in God for the difficulties we encounter.
But what does that mean? How can we find strength in God?
Through Trust We Can Find Strength in God
When we have a relationship with God, we have a history we can draw from when things get difficult. We know how he’s helped us in the past and that gives us confidence that we can trust him to help us with the present—regardless of the situation.
Through Faith We Can Find Strength in God
Coupled with trust is faith. By faith and through faith we can hold on with certainty that God will provide for us. He will never abandon us or fail us. He will give us what we need, when we need it. Faith gives us an assurance, a certainty, that we can place our hope in him, and he will never let us down.
Through Prayer We Can Find Strength in God
We can seek God in prayer, asking him to strengthen us when we are weak, when we are needy, and when we are afraid. If we talk to God on a regular basis when things are good, this gives us confidence in approaching him when things are difficult.
Yes, God hears and responds to our pleas in desperation, even if that’s the only time we seek him, but how much easier this is when we share all our life with him through prayer.
Find Strength in God
We can find strength in God when we need him. This isn’t hard. It involves trust, faith, and prayer. And the more often we find our strength in God, the easier it becomes. We can turn to God and seek him when we face life’s difficulties. We can find strength in God.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.