“Aren’t you gonna ask what happened?” asked Ty. “well actually No, Ty, I was not.” This was the conversation my youngest and I had a few days ago. He and his brother had been wrestling I believe which turned to arguing, in turn becoming a fight between brothers. In the process, Ty managed to get a bummed up eye. I saw the whole thing happen, so I wasn’t too worried, and when he headed to the freezer for the ice pack, I knew he was going to milk this for all its worth. It was fixing to turn into poor me, and he would also do his darndest to get Wyatt in trouble. And so, like good mothers do, I ignored him, well, until he asked the question.
“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 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. 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. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 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.” (1 Samuel 30:1-6)
Now, like Tyler, David had every reason to cry woe me. He had lost everything he loved, David had a right to be devastated and a right to mourn his loss, and he did for a rime. And then we see the word but, but David strengthened himself in the Lord. It may have occurred to him, I can sit here the rest of my life crying over my circumstances, or I can ask God to help me and trust He will take care of what I’m experiencing.
Have you been there? I sure have. Recently I went through a situation that honestly I wanted to give up on and play my pitty card, but when I strengthen myself in the Lord, He reminded me I am important, and I matter to him. I no longer questioned what others thought or lack thereof. Maybe this is you, you are in a situation, and you deserve to have a moment of sorrow, but I encourage you not stay there. God can make beauty out of your brokenness, and He wants to make beauty out of your brokenness, it’s His desire for you. Let’s not allow the enemy to trap us in our sorrow, but instead, let’s see what God says about our situation.
And that’s just what David did, he got up from his sorrow, wiped the tears from his eyes and inquired of the Lord. The Lord then told him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.” So David set out with 600 men to get back what the enemy stole from him.
“And when he had taken him down, behold, they were spread abroad over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah. And David struck them down from twilight until the evening of the next day, and not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men, who mounted camels and fled. David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and David rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken. David brought back all.” (1 Samuel 30:16-19)
Now, maybe you didn’t catch this, but David not only got back what the enemy stole from him but also the plunder that the Amalekites had taken from others! He got it all! God gave him more than he asked. God wants to give you back more than you lost! So whatever it is the enemy has stolen from you, God will replace, and he will likely give you more than you dreamed possible. So whatever you are going through, don’t drown in the sorrow, don’t stay in the whoa me attitude, strengthen yourself in the Lord! You can trust Him to take care of any situation.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in spirit. (Psalms 34:17-18)