1Sa 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

David was highly esteemed by those who accompanied him on his adventures. They were close to his heart. They would do anything for him and he for them. However, this day it was different. Tragedy had struck and instead of being jubilant they were grief stricken. When they had returned to their families, their families had been captured by the enemy. Gone were their wives, their children and all their stuff.

Now they were ready to stone David for they blamed him for their loss. Their emotions were filled with grief, pain and loss. They had to blame someone.

It is amazing sometimes how quickly emotions can change someone’s heart or disposition. Most people are like the waves of the ocean, tossed to and fro from here to there.

What was David to do? Run from his companions because of their threats? Chase the enemy? Have a pity party? He had ample reason for any of these. What did David do?  He turned to God and asked God for direction. He also encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

God gave David directions but David also prepared himself for what lay ahead.

He encouraged himself in the Lord. He began to think how big his God was and how blessed he was because of his relationship with his God. He knew God could make a way where there was no way. The Amalekites had burned his city and taken all that was precious to David but David knew his God.

Have you ever been overwhelmed by something that brought you devastating pain or grief? Have you ever been in a situation that you didn’t know what to do or how to act? Have you ever been overwhelmed by something you had no control over? There is always one place you can turn. It may not even change the dilemma but God will enable you to endure, overcome or know how to triumph. That’s one reason God has given us the powerful word of Proverbs chapter 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Our understanding is often lacking. We generally don’t know all the facts or circumstances. God does. We don’t impress Him with our knowledge or intellect but with a trusting heart.

He loves you and only wants what is best for you. The devil is trying to hurt you, kill you, destroy you in any way he can. Trust God.  Read John 10:10.

Maranatha!