First Samuel 30 tells the story of David and his army going into battle and destroying the Amalekites.  When David and his men came home to Ziklag, they found that the Amalekites had burned the city and taken their wives and children captive.  David and his men wept until they had no strength left.  Then, because they wanted to blame someone for what had happened to their families, David’s men began talking about stoning him.

Have you ever had something bad happen to you and you wanted to blame someone for it?  That’s what happened with David’s men.  When we’re grieved and hurt, we often do and say things we don’t really mean.  I know I’ve hurt people’s feelings when I’ve been feeling hurt myself, and later, after realizing what I’d done, I have apologized for it.

David didn’t know what to do.  So what do you do when you don’t know what to do?  You go to the Lord.  He is the only One who can help you when bad things happen.  Friends will try to help you all they can, but really, nobody can help you when something really bad hits you but Jesus.  Verse 6 says, David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

I remember the day Oral and Richard told me that our son, Ronnie, was gone.  It broke my heart.  I cried my eyes out, and then I got on my knees and prayed.  Like David, I didn’t know what to do, but I found strength in the Lord.  I turned to Him.  I’ve learned that the Lord will always strengthen you and help you when you call upon Him in time of trouble (see Psalm 86:7).

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