But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor. 1 Samuel 30: 10 (King James Version)
One of my favorite passages of scripture is found in 1 Samuel 30. This story is my encouragement on days when I can’t see my way to the other side of through. I believe this story was written just for me! (smile) Please take time to read the whole chapter. I hope it will bless you as it does me!
David and his men had just come back in from dealing with those Philistines again! But while he was gone, another enemy, the Amalekites, came into the city. They burned the place down and took all their wives and children. They didn’t kill them but took them away as their captives. Can you imagine how they all must have felt to see their city burning and their loved ones gone! To add to this pain, the very men he led in battle on any other day, turned on David in their grief and wanted to stone him. They blamed him for their loss. This next part excites me! Instead of David becoming overcome in guilt and sorrow, he found the courage not to quit.
Verse 6: And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
David encouraged himself! He found the strength to push through the pain. He didn’t let the pain stop him from reaching his purpose! He then asked the Lord should he pursue the enemy to get the captives back and the Lord said, yes, pursue because you will recover all! That right there makes me want to dance for joy! In my pursuing my purpose, as directed by the Lord, I will recover everything that I lost! My God! But that’s not the only lesson in this chapter.
The men got themselves together and joined David in pursuing after their families! You heathens took my wife AND my kids – I’m coming after you, best believe that! So, 600 men struck out after them and came to a brook. In verse 10, it tells us that 200 of the men got so tired that they could not bring themselves to go over that brook. A BROOK!!! A small, stream of water…can your mind imagine that scene as mine does? They were so tired in spirit and body that they could not take one tiny step over a small stream of water. Oh my,my, my!
I know I have been just like those 200 men. So beaten up and battered by life’s circumstances that I did not want to go another step, physically or emotionally! No, Lord, I just can’t do it! I know You promised me victory, that I will recover it all, but I can’t seem to make my mind grasp around this issue of mine. So I will sit by this brook and rest and just wait to see what will happen.
The other men went with David and got it ALL back! Theirs and what belonged to the 200 that were too tired to go another step! The 400 men didn’t even want the 200 to get any of the spoils of the conquest, just their wives and children. They felt the 200 did not deserve anything because they did not go into battle. Isn’t that something?
There are so many lessons in this one chapter that I can’t tell it all! I want to encourage you to KEEP ON STEPPING as you navigate through this life we live. Yes, it’s hard, yes, there are days that you just want to give up! But you don’t know that your victory could be in your very next step! Dare to take just one more! You shall recover all!!!!
There are decisions that we all need to make as we look further into 2012. Take it one day at time, one step at a time and don’t worry! If you know that our God is with you, YOU CANNOT FAIL! I WILL NOT FAIL! There may be days when no one is around to cheer you on – actually you may feel like everyone wants to stone you. BUT you encourage yourself by whatever means you can – God’s Word, songs of praise and worship, prayer so real with God about what’s in your heart! The courage to take that next step will come as surely as you are reading this blog.
I am truly talking to myself as I am to you. Lately, it seems like the fear of the unknown is threatening to take me down. I read this story again and the message is clear. I have to do exactly what I am telling you. Take the next step into recovering my future and my purpose. I have no time to rest by the brook. I am trusting God with the assurance that He who knows the end from the beginning, is guiding me all the way.
Today, God, give us the courage to keep on stepping over our brooks of fear, doubt, worry confusion, hurt, and hopelessness. As we encourage ourselves in You, we know we shall recover all! We praise You even now for the victory that we will share with the world! In Jesus Name we pray! Amen!
Live Today Victoriously!