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Monday, May 21, 2012

VOTD-May 21

I Samuel 30:6

"David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the LORD his God."

i was reading this morning in my one year bible plan (this was actually yesterday's reading), and this verse stopped me dead in my tracks.  i've been having that more and more lately.  it's been very interesting.  

this verse seems so simple that it would be incredibly easy to skip right past it without notice.  i've done it many times.  simple right?  david was in danger, but found strength in God.  let's move on.

i began to think through this some more.  david's been on the run from saul for awhile now.  he know's what his destiny is, to be king, but refuses to make it happen in his own power.  he's had many chances to do so, twice getting close enough to saul that he cut a portion of his clothing off, and also took some possessions in another instance.  he is content to live in God's timing, which is impressive in it's own right.  

he goes out to battle one day with king achish, but is sent back.  while they were gone their village was pillaged and plundered, with all their families and possessions being taken.  and this is when we come upon this verse.  david's men are upset.  these are men that have been with him for a long time, and now they are pissed.  evidently they are made enough to begin talking about stoning david.  that would definitely get me worked up.

then we read that david found strength in the Lord his God.  david doesn't focus much on his men, but instead goes straight to God.  if i could only learn from this example.

too many times, when stress, problems, issues arise, my first response to to attack.  i want to fix those things.  make it right.  but david doesn't apologize to them.  he doesn't take responsibility.  he goes to the Lord.  and that's where he found strength.  not by reacting.  but in God.

where are you looking for strength today?  i've looked in all the wrong places.  today, i'm going to find my strength in the Lord my God.  

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