3 When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. 5 David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. -1 Samuel 30:3-6
Imagine having your town attacked and your family taken captive. I don’t know about you, but I would be a wreck. This is what David and his men faced upon returning to Ziklag. We are told the men wept until they had no strength left to weep. The men even thought about killing David since he was the one in charge. But we are only told one thing about David’s response: “David found strength in the Lord his God.”
He sought the Lord’s strength and God answered. At the end of the account, David and his team fight back and get back their families without a single loss. They destroy their enemy and even end up with additional plunder in the end.
Many have endured less loss and have fared much worse. The difference between devastation and victory is often found in one factor: Finding our strength in the Lord.
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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.