Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Only God Will Do

I often say that God is all we need, but when have I actually lived it out?

1 Samuel 30:1 Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire 2 and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. 3 And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4 Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. 5 David's two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 6 And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

It appears in this passage that David doesn't have a friend. He actually joined the Philistine King of Gath, and after serving him, he is turned away. He then loses the sons and daughters of all his fighting men, and even his own wives. This would be enough for most people to quit. But David went to the only place he could go...His God.

Sometimes God sends us wonderful people to encourage us. Sometimes he sends us material blessings. But sometimes when we need help, we just need to go directly to God and not our spouse, a close friend, or even a mentor. There are sometimes when only the Lord himself can lift us up. Maybe we should run to Him first.

Lord, please remind me to run to you first, instead of second or third when I need encouraging.

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