27. Always look UP

Last week we learned a valuable lesson from David. He was at an ultimate low point in his life. He had been in exile in a foreign country for a very long time, and the main reason was that he had been following God's calling on his life. And now even whilst following God, the Amalekites destroyed his and his men's homes, took all their possessions as well as their wives and children, and if this was not even bad enough, his men started talking about stoning him. David was at an ultimate low and yet the Bible tells us that he found his strength in the Lord. He didn't rebel or blame God, no he turned to Him and God used his obedience to prosper him. David never gave up and continued to trust in God.

God told him to go after the Amalekites and to retrieve all that was theirs, He would be with them. David and six hundred of his men went after the Amalekites. They found an Egyptian slave along the road. His master had left him behind because he got sick. David was kind to him and he led them to the Amalekites, where they were feasting and drinking of all the spoils that they took, not only from David and his men, but of the whole region. Then David and his men attacked them.

"Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled. So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. And nothing of theirs was lacking, either great or small, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all." 1 Samuel 30:17-19

God was mightily with him. He helped them to rescue everything that was taken from him, but not only that, they could take all the other spoil that the Amalekites took from the Philistines also. David was in fact enriched by this whole episode, because He continued to trust in God.

This is in stark contrast with Saul. Just in the next chapter we are told how Saul and his sons died in the battle with the Philistines. Saul was severely wounded and his enemy was pursuing him. Then he fell on his own sword and basically killed himself as he didn't want to fall into the enemies' hands and his armorbearer didn't want to kill him either. It is such a sad end to his life. It could have been so different if he had trusted God inexplicitly as David did.

We can learn from David. We should not look at our outward circumstances; we should rather look inside to where God is leading us and what He is busy doing for us. We should look at our life through heaven's eyes. The enemy might bring certain things our way, but with God by our side, we will be enriched in the process just like David. We should never give up and turn our back on Him. We should keep moving forward, with our eyes fixed on Him and Him alone. Then true victory will manifest for us. Stay steadfast in your faith. Keep looking UP. He is always with you, the great and victorious One.

Father thank you so much that You are always there for us. Thank you that You are such an amazing God, the Victorious One, walking alongside us, always ready to help. We praise Your Name, we look up to You, please lead us to where we need to go and be. You are glorious. Amen

2 comments for “27. Always look UP”

  1. Gravatar of MariMari
    Posted Monday, 13 July 2020 at 10:18:44 PM

    Amen. Veral nou nodig!! God sal ons NOOIT inni steek laat nie. HY blyGETROU🙌🙌

  2. Posted Monday, 18 January 2021 at 10:32:57 AM

    Thsnk you!

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