A Good Rebuke

“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

– 1 Samuel 30:6

In an attempt to protect and comfort himself, David took refuge in the land of the Philistines. He was sure this was the only way to avoid imminent death. However, comfort and shelter were not ever established. As they remained for over a year in the enemies camp, David and his men found themselves in multiple conflicts. They never settled or experienced peace.

At their lowest, the men were found weeping until “they had no more power to weep.” While they should never have been here, they returned and found only the smoldering remains of their city. Everything had been taken from them, including their families. David’s life was being threatened again, this time by his men. They “spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved” (1 Samuel 30:6).

When everything and everyone seemed to be against him, David was backed into a corner. In such an overwhelming crisis, strength could only be found in the Lord. This season in his life began when “David said in his heart,” but ended when he strengthened himself by inquiring of the Lord. It is then that clarity returned, and life restored.

Emotionally drained and physically exhausted, David lost focus while running from the king. We can hardly blame him, though. His fear obscured the promises of God; A distress of this life that can throw even the greatest warriors into a panic. As saints, we can be confident that the Savior will pursue us. We are told, “For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives” (Hebrews 12:6). As you discover yourself in seasons of instruction, it is best to admit and submit. A good rebuke is from the Lord, intended to keep you within the frame of His enduring love and care.

“He has torn, but He will heal us; he has stricken, but He will bind us up”

– Hosea 6:1

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