“….But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” –Guest post by Brad Henderson

by Kevin on December 21, 2011

These are tough times. My heart breaks for so many of our friends and neighbors that are going through horrific times in their lives. Marriages and families are falling apart, folks have lost their jobs and are looking at losing their homes, addictions, mistakes that lead to consequences whether it’s your fault or not….you feel like you’re at the bottom of a hole with no way to get out.

I’ve been in that hole, feeling like no one understood and no one had ever had it so bad, and I was totally out of solutions to the problems. Every one of my solutions only seemed to dig the hole deeper.

In 1 Samuel chapter 30, David found himself at the bottom of that same dark hole. By God’s Infinite Wisdom and Grace David had been forced to pull out of accompanying an army that was about to go attack Israel. When he got back home he finds the City where they had been staying had been attacked and the invaders had carried away his family and the families of his friends and soldiers.

Verse six says, “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 (here is where David, just like you and me, had a choice- he could have thrown a pity party for himself, he could have struck out on his own knowledge and strength and probably ended up only in a deeper hole or dead, or he could have sought real help and guidance- David made the right choice….) David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

David paused, called out to God for His direction and leadership, David listened for God’s answer, and then he followed God and saved all the captives and learned a very important life lesson that allowed him to go on and become the king of Israel.

David had a decision to make and no, he didn’t have a lot of time to do it. Folks had rocks in their hands and were ready to kill him. Everyone he knew blamed him for what had happened and David was about to pay for it. It’s part of being a leader, weather you asked for that leadership position or not.

Many times, the folks that are supposed to have your back will be the first to throw the knives or rocks at you when things don’t go perfectly. And those wounds hurt far worse than the hill you were trying to take or the goal you were trying to accomplish as a group.

David was hurting, and he had every right to fire right back at them and make himself out to be the victim and blame everyone else for his problems. But that would have gotten him and his followers nowhere and done nothing to save their families. David could have grabbed his sword and shield and charged off into battle and only made everything worse.

David made the right decision, he sought the Wisdom of his Creator before he made another move. This is a lesson I am slowly learning, (according to my wife I am still very much “Ready, Fire, then Aim”), but I’ve lived it, if you will put it into practice and seek God moment by moment and seek His control of your life, and do the hardest part- listen and do exactly what He wants you to do, no matter how hard or selfless it may be… He will turn things around and lift you out of that pit (if you do it early enough you will avoid the hole all together) and He will set your feet on firm solid high ground.

You will still have to deal with all the consequences for your decisions and actions that dug that hole, but the weight will be lifted and trust me………He will be there to carry you through the cleanup of the mess you made.

Where does your strength come from? Yourself? People? Money? Things? Trust me, all your crutches go up like a puff of smoke when the storm comes. Only the Creator of this universe is big enough and strong enough to handle what I’ve come through and what you may be going through right now.

Seek Him. Trust Him. Accept what He wants you to do and the changes He wants you to make IN YOUR LIFE. Then follow Him to the letter. No matter how dark it is around you right now, He is the only answer and He is the only One that can save you.

We are His Outfit chapter of The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys located in Kiowa, Colorado. You can learn more about us by visiting our web site at www.christiancowboys.com or by contacting us at bhenderson@westernllc.net.

Bible verses:

Proverbs 1:7 ”The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise
wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 15:16 “Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and
trouble therewith.”

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  • Don Coyote

    Brad, this is excellent, thanks so much. This reads like a chapter outta my past.

    I dug a purdy deep hole my own self, and God found me at the bottom of it, in a puddle a my own blood, with a pistol in my hand and serious thoughts of smokin’ it in my mind. I pray to my God that nobody ever gets that deep in a hole of their own diggin’.

    There ain’t but one way out, I’m here to tell y’all, listen up here, read this story again and again. At the bottom of your hole, whatever it may be—look up. You’ll see HIS Hand, nail scarred, reachin’ down ta help ya outta that hole. I know from experience. He’s the only reason I’m here today to testify to Brother Brad’s story. Take that nail scarred hand, you’ll be glad you did.

  • This was a wonderful post. I’ve always liked David, because inspite of his mistakes, God called him a man after HIS own heart 😉 🙂

    I went through a really difficult time a few years ago, where all of my Christian friends walked out on me one by one…and it felt like I was going through “proverbial” hell…but it was also a good ti me because the only one I had to lean on was God…He’s all I needed and will ever need 🙂 🙂 I really discovered more about who God is and my identity in Him…

    Thanks for the post. Have a Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family. Greetings from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

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