1 Samuel 30

1 Samuel 30

1 Samuel 30:1-31


OVERVIEW: The Amalekites plundered Ziklag, David’s town, taking their possessions and family members and burning it to the ground. After grieving for their loss, they regrouped, sought the Lord, and defeated their enemy.

BIG IDEATrials reveal our character.

KEY VERSE1 Samuel 30:6 (Despite his circumstances, David seeks God)
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 can’t promise you a comfortable life. I can’t promise you what you want. But I can guarantee I will be with you and will provide your daily needs. Follow me, regardless of your situation, and I will lead you towards a life of hope and purpose. If you are searching for me, you will find me. And if you are ignoring me, I will still be with you. Learn to call on me before saying or doing something you will later regret. Call my name, and you will find me.

There will be people who challenge you to act without thinking. Resist that temptation. I want you to develop a prayer reflex, where you learn to pray as needs arise. But until then, practice pausing before reacting—just for a second—and use that time to pray a quick prayer. Call on me and invite my Spirit to control you. Exercise your prayer muscle, and it will grow strong. Seek me, and I will give you what you need in challenging circumstances.

Develop the habit of talking with God throughout the day so that when difficulties arise, you can seek God rather than act impulsively. Begin by making frequent 5-minute appointments with God. (Or 1-minute if five is not realistic.) Start with breakfast, lunch, and dinner and add additional hours as you develop a rhythm. The goal is not to have to set an appointment but be in constant communion with God.