Thank you for reading today. Our greatest desire is that you would be encouraged in the Lord today! In my daily time with God today, the Holy Spirit spoke to me about learning what do in hard days. Samuel tells us exactly how that is done in an amazing passage   of Scripture, I Samuel chapter 30. Samuel shares the story of a great tragedy and what to do on hard days where the loss is almost unbearable. 

God Will Lead Us In Hard Days  

Our lives are being turned upside down and the economy is going south because of COVID-19 virus.  Businesses and schools have been shut down or are partially working.  Athletic events cancelled and life has changed rapidly in the last two weeks. The President is on television each day telling us to not to gather in groups of 200, next groups of 50, now it is down to groups of 10! Be socially separate. Other drastic measures may be taken. Some churches have cancelled their services. Isn’t it interesting that as much as man wants to be rebellious to God and live in sin, that God shows who is in control and who can change the world in a matter of hours and days! We are being told the worse is yet to come. Looks like harder days are coming.  So, what do we do?    

Today I have been meditating on these wonderful verses. It is extremely practical and to move forward for the Saviour we can learn a very important lesson here for our lives in hard days. 

1 Samuel 30:3-8, 17-20,  So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.  (4)  Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.  (5) And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.(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.  (7)  And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.  (8)  And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. (17) And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.  (18)  And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away:and David rescued his two wives.  (19)  And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.  (20)  And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David’s spoil.

Notice the Order Here and 
What is Happening 

David and his men had been out fighting the enemy and returned home to find another enemy had come while they were gone and burned their homes and kidnapped their wives and children. Nothing was left.  It was a horrible time! 

David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

David and his men were under great distress and anguish. 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:

So what is the answer?  Something that looked so bad and these guys wanted to stone him! What were they to do? What was David to do? Folks, this is a great lesson for us in any time of distress and discouragement. Especially when we do not know where to turn.

1. Vs 6, but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. You know I have always been glad to know that other times in my life God has shown himself to me when I did not know what to do. In great distress or discouragement.  As most of you know I recently retired from the pastoral ministry as of March 1, after 41 years and now the world is upside down!  Kim and I have actually enjoyed our time together without being under the daily pressures of the pastoral ministry. I have enjoyed hearing others preach! But it has thrown a block on some things we wanted to do. We are told to stay inside because we are over 65! So, we will have to wait. David encouraged himself in remembering some of the great things God had done in his past when things looked hopeless. Think about it!
2.  Vs 8, And David enquired at the LORD.  He asked God questions.  We need to be in a spiritual position to be able to ask God questions.  We cannot have sin in our lives.  We have to ask God to show us our sin and confess and repent from it. We must learn to ask God questions, it is the essence of the Christian life! 

James 1:5, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

3. God told David what to do, pursue and you will recover all. I always say at this point, how long do you think it took for them to get on whatever they were riding and pursue?! 

4. Vs 18, And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away:  God told David what to do and David followed it. Something that looked so bad now looked a whole lot better! 

In life people will try to hurt you.  They will do horrible things. They will say horrible things. They will justify their sinful behavior, but just remember who is in control.  What a great story here of God turning a horrible situation around when it looked hopeless.  

Submission to God is Always
 the Right Answer 

Remember, be the vessel God can use today by asking the Holy Spirit to show you if you are living your life without submitting to God? Are you living in the sin of allowing selfish and carnal thinking or listening to rule your life and making you not focus on submitting to God and asking Him questions? Not trusting Him even when it looks bad? Be all you can be for Him today and have a powerful testimony of living a Spirit controlled yielded godly life that is serving and living with humility, joy and peace! We encourage you today to make Jesus Christ real in your life by humbly yielding to Him and living for Him, not the life of selfish carnal thinking and speaking. It is an important choice! Tell God you want to yield yourself to Him today and be a trusting, useful, and rewarded servant! Rejoice in Him today!

With a heart to glorify God and serving the God of answers,
Dr. Terry L. Coomer
Director, Hope Biblical Counseling and Training