I felt broken, and some things in my life felt a miss, but in the midst of all that God spoke. God does not necessarily come to you with a vuvuzela, you just have to ask him in prayer to always sensitize your spirit whenever He speaks.
I was heading home from church when I realized I had lost my phone. It was at night so there’s nothing much I could do. Of course, I started complaining to God “Okay God, I’m from church and I even served you through ushering. We’ve just been blessed and is this really the outcome???” I was really broken. I couldn’t imagine losing my phone at that time.
While meditating as I was heading home, I realized I had not done the right thing and I whispered a prayer, “Lord your will be done! Can it pleeeeease fall in good hands? Amen”. That was it.
God answered my prayer. Guess what! A good samaritan had picked up the phone. The next day I went to meet him up in town and he gave me a testimony of how he felt convinced to pick up the phone for some reason after intentionally leaving it, especially because it might be risky to pick strangers phones for security reasons.
When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. 5 David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters.
They had lost EVERYTHING while they were at war including their wives. They all mourned. To add salt to the injury, the men also planned to stone David (their leader) because their souls were greatly distressed. In fact, verse 4 says that David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.
However, vs 6 continues to say ” But David found strength in the Lord his God. ” David chose another way of dealing with the situation. He realized that crying wouldn’t bring his two wives back as well as all his property. Crying would not stop the Amalekites from raiding them again.
Sometimes things get tough and we cry. Crying is not wrong, but at some point, we have to stop crying and shift our focus not on our situation but on a higher power who would be able to sail us out of our situations. My friend, crying will not put back your family together. Crying will not heal you. Crying will not solve your financial crisis. Crying will not get you a new job. Crying will not do anything for you. A gospel artiste said in a song, “Panguza machozi ili uone mbele”. (Wipe your tears so that you can see ahead).
Did you know that crying robs you of your strength? Crying is not and will never be the solution. Finding strength in the Lord amidst our crisis is and always be the ultimate solution.
During that long trip home, I chose to change my prayer from, “Lord why now,” to, “Lord please take charge.” David chose to stop crying and instead, ‘find strength in the Lord.’ What do you choose to do in your situation? Your decision will result in your outcome.
Verses 8-20 explains to us how David inquired from the Lord whether to pursue his enemies. After a go-ahead, he did. Vs 17 is really remarkable to me because it sets the tone for this devotional.
Vs 17 David smote them from twilight even to the evening of the next day, and not a man of them escaped, except 400 youths who rode camels and fled. David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken and rescued his two wives.
Nothing was missing, small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken; David recovered all. Also David captured all the flocks and herds, and the people drove those animals before him and said, This is David’s spoil.
Have you just seen that David recovered everything? !!!!! I had to pause and internalize when I came across this. This was actually the result of finding strength in the Lord and not crying. When we put our unwavering trust in the Lord, when we choose not to stare at our circumstances but find strength in the Lord, when we choose not to cry when our families are broken, when we choose not to commit suicide when we hit rock bottom, when we choose not to visit witchdoctors to make us rich, when we choose not to have corruption…we will conquer if ONLY WE PUT OUR TRUST IN THE LORD AND FIND OUR STRENGTH IN HIM.
I choose to be like David, I don’t know about you today. I chose to trust God for my stolen phone and God answered my prayer. I bless the Lord. How marvelous is His name!
On that day, I realized God was speaking to me. He was telling me, “The same way your phone was lost and you called upon my name and I was found, the very same way you feel broken, you feel disconnected, you feel like you’ve lost touch of something in your life and you feel like it’s an impossible task to have it all together, I guarantee you, I will always be found by you. If only you find strength in me there I will rescue you and help you to be on your feet again. You will recover everything you feel has been lost in your life. But on one condition, FIND STRENGTH IN ME.”
Has sicknesses, joblessness, poverty, death, plagues, etc made a raid in your family? Especially during this season of COVID-19, we must choose to trust God. What have you lost today? Have you lost touch with God? Get back to him! He’s a merciful and compassionate God whose arms are always wide open to embrace us.
Take a look at these verses that God reaffirms He’ll be with us
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Deuteronomy 20:4 – For the LORD your God [is] he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.
Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Psalms 31:24 – Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
Exodus 15:2 – The LORD [is] my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he [is] my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Father Lord, In your hands I commit my life Lord. Please forgive me for the million times I seek you as my last option when everything else fails. I desire for you to always be my strength today and forevermore. AMEN! SHALOM.