1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. . .
4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34


I Samuel 30
3. So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive.
4. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
5. And David's two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive.
6. Then David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. . .
8 So David inquired of the Lord, saying, "Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?"
And He answered him, "Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all."
9 So David went, he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the Brook Besor, where those stayed who were left behind.
10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor.    New King James Bible

The result of David's persistent faith was that he was able to redirect the focus of his men. However though they all started off with their usual enthusiasm to follow their leader, their exhaustion from the night of crying had taken its toll and one third of them had no strength to go further.

It is evident that though both David and his men were distressed over the terrible situation of the loss of their families, possessions and homes, the faith with which David handled his distress gave him strength for the new fight, whereas the way his men handled their distress robbed many of them of the strength they needed to take back what had been stolen from them.

There is a time in life when we must mourn over injustice, but if we get lost in apportioning blame for injustice, and allow accusation to overtake our lives, not only do we lose forward momentum towards progress, but we also lose the strength we need to take the faith actions God might want to show us.

This was the case with the two hundred who found it impossible to continue and had to be left behind.

Has exhaustion crippled your progress in life? Today is the day to regroup and leave blame behind.

Father, today I want to leave blame behind and instead be caught up in Your plan for my life. Take me in Your direction from now on,
in Jesus' name,


A new study in this series is available every day!
See you tomorrow, God willing.
Until then, trust in the Lord with your whole being
and be blessed in all you do today!

Pastor Grace

welcomes you to walk
with David
through a troubled time,
in his life!
Through his faith
in God's love and grace
he came through victorious!

The Lord Jesus Christ said:
John 14:
26 The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.
27 "Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.
(Good News Bible)

God's Thought: