In I Samuel 28-31 we find that David is still on the run. In fact, Saul’s pursuit was so relentless that David moved his family and men to the land of the Philistines, Israel’s arch enemy. Then, David, having been sent away from an approaching battle between Israel and the Philistines, returns home to Ziklag to discover that the Amalekites have captured their families. Verse four shares; “All the soldiers wept until they had no strength left.”
In verse six we learn that “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters.” Embittered emotions when left unchecked can cause people to act in unthinkable ways. His men who’d sworn allegiance were now poised to stone him. David had been their source of strength through many battles, but now they felt powerless.
Putting our entire faith in people who will eventually fail us is a mistake. Only God will never let us down. However in David’s darkest hour, verse six says; “But David found strength in the Lord his God.” David knew that God alone was his source of never-failing power and in faith he turned to Him first.
Today, if we place our faith in God, He will strengthen and guide us during our fiery trials and in the midst of everyday life! Because of our living and loving relationship to Christ may we determine Him to be our very first choice to receive help and strength in our time of need! (Hebrews 4:14-16)