"So David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them." I Samuel 30:8
Sufferings are common to both good and evil alike but each react in different ways. When engulfed with sorrow, most of us cry out, "I have always been a good person, I never think evil of anyone, why then do I suffer like this?" Is it really true that we are blameless. If we are, then God shall be our help during the sorrow and allow us to come out of it victoriously. From Bible, we shall see how David reacted during a tragic moment and the integrity of his character.
David and his men returned to Ziklag after a tiring journey. On his return, he found that his city had been plundered by the Amalekites, his wife and children and wives and children of his men captivated by the Amalekites. He and his men cried until they had no more power to weep. In addition to that, his men conspired to stone David to death. David was deeply distressed on hearing about the treachery of his men.
Why did God allow such sufferings in the life of David? Were his ways not upright before the Lord? On critical analysis, we find that the life of David being highly commended even by the enemies.
King Achish though an enemy of Israel (to which David belonged) vouched for the following qualities of David:
And to this day I have found no fault in him since he is with me (I Samuel 29:3).
A man of integrity.You have been upright, and your going out and your coming in with me in the army is good in my sight. For to this day I have not found evil in you since the day of your coming to me (I Samuel 29:6)
Like an angel of God.I know that you are as good in my sight as an angel of God (I Samuel 29:9)
Suffering is common for everyone but when we also possess the above qualities as David, the Lord will not allow us to be crushed beneath our sorrows. How do we react during our grief?
The Bible says, "Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you" (I Peter 5:7). We should first realize that we have a God who cares for us. He will never let us sink into the grief. Jesus said, "Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted" (Matthew 5:4)
In the time of trouble, David enquired the Lord about how to tackle the situation: whether to follow the enemies or not, if he does will he gain victory. The Lord said, "Follow the enemy, I shall give victory and you shall be able to recover all that you lost" (I Samuel 30:8). Similarly, you should first consult the Lord about how to tackle your situation. The Lord will show you the way, remove the confusion from the mind and ensure victory for you.
If you are confused about something and wonder what steps you should take, submit yourself before the Lord and allow for the perfection of His will in your life. Ask the Lord what you should do. The Lord may remind you of something which you promised to do to God and later forgot about it. If you have any such unfulfilled pledge before God, do it immediately then see how the Lord works in your life.
David said, "I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord" (Psalms 118:17). Same way, God will enable you to rise above your situation and make you glorify His name.
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