Then David asked the Lord, “Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?” And the Lord told him, “Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!” I Samuel 30:8 NLT
Challenges are a part of life. It visits everyone regardless of zip code. The affluent are not exempt; they face challenges. Those who are not as affluent, have challenges also. In fact, even the homeless have their challenges. A wise person once said, “Don’t take every challenge as a problem, take every problem as a challenge. In other words, look at the problem differently.
In 1 Samuel 30, David had a challenge. He led a group of men and they went out to do battle. When they returned, they found their camp raided and their families taken captive. The men were extremely upset; they couldn’t believe that their families were gone and they began to cry. The Bible says these tough, fighting men wept until they had no more power to weep. Then they decided to kill David. David found himself alone, but he had a secret. Although he was deserted by his men, he was not abandoned by God.
David examined the situation before him and he took the time to go to God in prayer to get directions. God told him to go after them. David stood in his position as leader and told the men that they going to pursue the raiders and rescue their families. David set off with his men and they found an Egyptian servant abandoned by his master. That man provided the information they needed to locate those who had raided their camp. David and his men surprised the Amalekites who were celebrating; they were enjoying the abundance of their ill-gotten gain. David and his men attacked them and they were successful. They recovered what the enemy stole and more. You see, they also raided the Philistine’s camp. There were those who wanted to keep the overflow only for those who went into battle. David used this opportunity to teach his troops that every position in the camp is valuable. The men who fought received the same reward as those who stayed behind and guarded the supplies.
Sometimes, like David, you could find yourself all alone. If you looked all around you and saw no one, before you stop looking, look up. The Almighty God has promised that He will never level you; never forsake you. He is always with you. He is not a man to lie. Remember look for the challenge in every problem.
Thought for Today: Friend, when faced with challenges, trust God.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.