‘So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 6David 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: 4-6 (NIV)
Have you ever arrived at a scene in your life, only to realize that what you prize most, is no longer there? Maybe for you it was something as invasive as a robbery, or perhaps it was the greater sense of an unexpected loss in your marriage, your finances, or your career. David has that story, and how he responds can teach us about trusting God in restoring what was lost.
1 Samuel 30 tells the story of this loss for David; and how his first response was to cry out to God. He found strength in the Lord and in his confident cry David shows us the tension of feeding before we fight. He “eats the meal” that is Jesus before he sees the miracle. He pursues God’s presence over his provision and the outcome was victory. In the same way, you and I are called to the abundance of this meal. John 6:32-35 speaks of how manna in the Old Testament (a heavenly meal) became Jesus. As it was for David, the same is true for us, when we feed on Him (Jesus); He fights for us.
Maybe you’re searching for a miracle, but what you really need is a meal. May you focus your fight by taking everything you need from Jesus – for every battle of this world was won on the cross.
‘So, above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.’ (1 Corinthians 13:13)