Friday, April 24

Responding to a crisis

Scripture: 1 Samuel 30-31, 1 Chronicles 10, Matthew 12

1 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.

Observation

While David and his army of 600 men were away preparing for a military campaign with King Achish of Gath, a group of Amalekite raiders attacked Ziklag, David’s base.  The Amalekites took everyone and everything—all the women and children, the flocks and herds—and burned the village to the ground.  

Imagine the emotion when David and his men returned and found the smoking ruins.  Knowing that their wives and kids had been captured at best, or killed at worst, they were grief-stricken, then angry and bitter.  They turned their bitterness against their leader, David.  If they had not been gone on what proved to be a fool’s errand, their families would have been spared.  They began talking about stoning David.

“But David found strength in the Lord his God.”  

How did David do this?  We know that in crisis, Saul turned to a medium.  But David turned to the Lord.  He called the priest and inquired of the Lord, and then acted in accordance with what God said. 

Application

How do you respond to crisis?  

Some of us turn inward; we are self-sufficient.  This works until your resources run out.  When your wisdom and your strength prove inadequate, then what?

Some of us turn outward; we turn to others.  This too may work for awhile, but like Saul, we may seek help in the wrong places and it could prove disastrous.  

There are times when we need to be self-sufficient or rely on others.  But there are also times like this when we need to inquire of the Lord.  So…

Some of us turn upward; we find strength in the Lord.  And of course, this is what God wants.  He desires that we turn to Him. 

This passage stirs me to spend some extra time inquiring of the Lord, asking God what He might want me to do differently in this crisis.  

Prayer: Lord, what do You want me to do?  Show me and I’ll do it.  I want to move beyond my own ideas and the ideas of others, and find out what You want!