How do you respond when you’re going through a difficult situation? Do you see it as a “Defining Moment”? Do you see it as God working, someway, in your life? Or do you respond with anger or maybe blame? I know I have reacted in both ways at times. Instead of the initial thought being, “What is God doing?” I either get angry or I pick out who or what I can blame. As I was reading through 1 Samuel I came across this example from David’s life.
David and six hundred of his men were away preparing for battle with the Philistines against the Israelites. At the last minute the Philistine commanders went to King Achish with concerns about if they could really trust David and his army when they went into battle against the Israelites. After much thought, King Achish decided to send David and his army back home to Ziklag. Upon returning home, David and his men saw that Ziklag had been raided, burned down, and their women and everyone from youngest to oldest had been kidnapped! David and his men were devastated, and so they wept until they could not weep any more.
When David and his men found the ruins of Ziklag, they wept. They were hurt, confused, angry, and felt helpless. So they did what most do in times of tragedy, they wept! David and the troops with him wept loudly until they had no strength left to weep. I Sam 30:4
After giving it all they had to weeping, the only thing they knew to do next was to blame someone for allowing this to happen. Unfortunately for David he was caught in the crosshairs. Even though David was in the same boat having lost his wives too, the troops talked about stoning him for what had happen. They were playing the blame game. David was in a difficult position because the troops talked about stoning him, for they were all very bitter over the loss of their sons and daughters. 1 Sam 30:6.
As we continue to read we see that David didn’t respond by playing the blame game back. Instead, David strengthened himself in the Lord! He took a deep breath, and sought the face of God for comfort and answers. But David found strength in the Lord his God. 1 Sam. 30:6b.
The bottom line is that we will all go through heartbreak, disappointment and defeat in life. Not that we ask for it or want it, but it happens. So when that time comes the question will be, “How will you respond?” Will you respond by getting angry, playing the blame game, or strengthening yourself in the Lord?
I know at times it’s not easy, but I hope you will take David’s example and strengthen yourself in the Lord. I truly believe that God is faithful, gracious, and doesn’t make mistakes. And, if you seek His face, He will comfort you and strengthen you.
God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1
Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust Him and not be afraid, for Yah, the Lord, is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2