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Thursday, May 21st, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:
Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. – 1 Sam 30:6
On the surface, everything had gone wrong. David led his men into battle to fight for a foreign king. When they returned, their entire city had been burned to the ground. The women and children from Ziklag, including David’s family, had all been taken captive. The people blamed David for everything that had gone wrong, and wanted to kill him for leading them into battle!
But David strengthened himself in the Lord. He encouraged himself in God’s word. He became strong, and hardened his spiritual resolve through worship and prayer. Instead of losing his trust in God, he became all the more firm and confident in the identity God had called him to embrace.
When something bad happens, what is your response? Do you run from God, or do you allow trial and conflict to bring you closer to Him? David strengthened himself in the Lord; in response, God not only recovered his losses, but added even more than he had before!
Father, encourage me! Speak to me through Your word. Whisper to me in times of prayer and quiet contemplation. Instead of running from You, I am going to run to You!