Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blindsided

This morning, I read 1 Samuel 30, and it brought to mind a time when God used this chapter to teach me a few things. 

David and his men were away doing what they were supposed to be doing.  Unbeknownst to them, while they were gone, an enemy came in, burned down their city and took all their wives and children. 

Has there ever been a time when you were doing what you knew God called you to do and the enemy came in the back door unexpectedly?

It happened to our family many years ago.  Jerry and I were leaders in our church.  Suddenly we started having problems.  The enemy’s attack was so subtle, I was stunned when we separated.  We didn’t believe in divorce.  I felt blindsided by the enemy.    

1 Samuel 30 records David and his men were so distraught, they cried until they had no strength left.  The men instead of being upset at the enemy were ready to stone David.  Yikes! 

I think I cried till I could cry no more as well.  I had to come to the place of surrender and be willing for God to transform me regardless of whether he gave me what I wanted which was my marriage back. 

I, like David, was discouraged.  The Bible says David encouraged himself in the Lord and then he sought God to find out what he was supposed to do.

God told David to pursue the raiding party.  He would overtake them and conquer all.  That is exactly what happened. 

David and his men set out again.  I’m sure they were weak in body and spirit, but in obedience they went.  They not only recovered all that was taken from them, but they received much more – so much that they shared with other people. 

I followed David’s lead by doing the following:

·               Found strength in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6).

·               Inquired of the Lord to find out what to do (1 Samuel 30:8).

·               Obeyed the voice of the Lord (1 Samuel 30:9-20).

The battle was long and hard, but God showed me our home would be restored, and we would help others one day.   That is exactly what happened.   Many days it looked impossible, but with God all things are possible.  After being separated for a year and a half, God restored our marriage.   

You may not have a problem with your marriage but may be facing another trial.  It doesn’t matter what you are going through, a battle is a battle.  Just take a cue from David and follow the steps above.  You can’t go wrong by listening to and obeying God. 



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