Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 30: 1-31, 1 Chronicles 12: 20-22, 1 Samuel 31: 1-13, 1 Chronicles 10: 1-14, 1 Chronicles 9: 40-44, 2 Samuel 4: 4, 2 Samuel 1: 1-27
Have you ever had something happen in your life that caused you to “weep until you could weep no more?”
When David and his men arrived home and found their city crushed and burned to the ground and their wives and children carried off, “they wept until they could weep not more.”
In one sense David was just like them, he had lost everything he loved, but in another he was the leader and everyone looked to him to fix it. So when David thinks it can’t get any worse—it does. He hears his men talking of stoning him. He’s hurting as bad as they are, but somehow it’s his fault.
Folks we’re reading real life here.
in the workplace
I hate to say this…it happens in the church.
We get hurt and we play the blame game.
Yes, part of the responsibility and burden of being a leader is taking charge in a crisis, but wouldn’t it have been great if David’s men would have brought him into the group and grieved with him rather than putting a target on his back as the cause of the problem.
Once again, David leads by example and gives us a model to follow on those days when we’ve “wept until we can’t weep anymore.”
How was David able to deal with his own grief, compose himself and develop a plan to get their families back?
He found strength in the Lord his God.
Oh, that we could follow the plan David laid out for us in today’s scriptures:
- David found strength in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6b)
- David asked the Lord for guidance (1 Samuel 30:7)
- David waited to hear from God
- David led his men as they carried out the plan that the Lord had blessed (1 Samuel 30:9)
The order is really important! Complete one step before moving to the next one.
I don’t know about you, but when there is a crisis that needs some kind of action I usually get the news, jump in the car and pray on the way to ask God to bless what I’ve already decided to do!
What I should do is S-T-O-P and follow David’s example.
Prayer is the most important thing we can do, but waiting for His answer is just as important.
Father God, I need your strength and your direction! Help me to follow David’s plan when the next crisis arrives.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 2: 1 through 2 Samuel 3: 5, 1 Chronicles 3: 1-4a, 2 Samuel 23: 8-17, 1 Chronicles 11: 10-19, 2 Samuel 23: 18-39, 1 Chronicles 11: 20-47