TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, December 19, 2019:
Suffering grief or misery, a painful or troubling situation.
Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
I Samuel 30:4
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
How do you respond to DISTRESS in your life? Distress can be physical such as sickness, accidents, losing a job, spousal disagreements having your integrity questioned, being falsely accused of something you did not do. Or it could be being rejected by someone who you are trying to lead to the Lord, or having a family member reject you for your faith in God. The lists can go on and on.
Looking at I Samuel 30:1-6 we can see how David and his men reacted when they came back to their home in Ziklag after fighting the Philistines for three days in Jezreel. When arriving home, they found that the Amalekites had raided their city and taken all of their possessions, burned the city and carried away all the women and children as slaves. They were facing the worst kind of distress possible.
The scripture goes on to tell us that David and his men, when they saw what happened, wept until they were so exhausted that they could weep no more. This was a MAJOR DISTRESS for them. David was so distressed with what had happened that he knew he had nowhere to turn but to the Lord and there he found strength and direction from the Lord, his God.
David and his men were exhausted from the battle with the Philistines and filled with grief from the devastation from the Amalekites. God’s direction to David in answer to his prayers was to pursue the Amalekites. God led David and his men to the Amalekites camp and defeated them and they recovered everything including their wives and children. Nothing was missing.
We can learn from several things that David went through:
1. When we are distressed, we are devastated.
2. When we are distressed, we need comfort and we can turn to the Lord for strength and encouragement and direction.
One thing is certain. When we pray faithfully and specifically and our hearts are in tune with God, He answers our prayer. God has much more for all of us to do and we are living in a world where many “HURTS” will come our way. Are you prepared for what God wants from you and are you seeking His guidance? If we seek His guidance nothing will be missing.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 11:27.
He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil.
Help me to turn to You in my times of distress. May I experience Your strength and encouragement as You help me through each hurt. Help me to be a help to others that are going through hurts as I remind them that You are with them and care for them.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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