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“When Life Slams You”

“David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.”

1 Samuel 30:6

If it seems the ocean of life constantly slams you from the heights to the depths, a review of David’s life may prove encouraging.

Perhaps seeing Goliath slain by a tiny stone was David’s most up time. And yet today we read about a huge down time. When the Amalekites raided and burned their city and carried off their families, David and his men wept until they could weep no more.

Much of David’s early life was spent in constant danger, hiding from his jealous father-in-law. The dark Cave of Adullam was more than physical darkness. But a long period of light dawned with God’s covenant promise, and HE made David a victorious king wherever he went.

Throughout David’s life, both joy and pain came through relationships. The joy he experienced because Michael loved him turned to pain the day she mocked him for dancing before the Ark of the Lord HIS God. Likewise, David experienced the joy of many sons, but that joy became his worst pain when Absalom betrayed him.

Like all of us, David experienced ups and downs, periods of darkness and periods of light, abundant joy and deepest pain—but no matter what he faced, David found strength in the Lord HIS God.

When the Lord is MY God, I too will find strength, no matter what slams me!


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