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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Finding Strength"

Date published: 12/12/2020

1 Samuel 30:6 “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters.  But David found strength in the LORD his God.”

 

   Do you ever find yourself worrying over things?  Oh, certainly not!  About what would a child of the living God have to worry?  But we do worry, as did David, because we are human.

 

   What does not come naturally is when you don’t worry because you find your strength in the Lord.  David was just like us, but he differed from most of us in the fact that his heart beat for God.  In tragedy – David turned to God.  In sorrow – David turned to God.  In loss – David turned to God.  In decisions – David turned to God.  It seems David’s most common response to life was God!  The result of David’s response was he found strength in the Lord.

 

   I think two things allowed David to find strength in the Lord: asking and dwelling.  A common occurrence for David in the book of 1 Samuel is to see him inquire of God.  Leading up to today’s verse you see David in I Samuel 23 inquire of the Lord five times.  Verse 6 says, Once again David inquired of the LORD.”  His requests were not vast and stately orations, but rather simple requests.  We tend to ask broadly and expect little, while David asked specifically and received greatly.

 

   The second area that gave David strength was dwelling with God.  The book of Psalms is filled with admonitions to dwell with the Lord and the results of dwelling in the Lord.  One of my favorite Scriptures for dwelling in the Lord is Psalm 37:3, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”  This verse combines dwelling and faithfulness.  David’s inquiring was second nature, because his constant dwelling in the Lord allowed God to cultivate faithfulness in his life.

 

   Jesus taught constantly on dwelling in the Lord.  John 15:7 combines the integral link between dwelling in the LORD and receiving from Him: "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.”  As you abide in the Lord as David did, you will cultivate an ear for hearing God.  Prayers of supplication (asking) are often done in a vacuum of none or little relationship with God.  Even worse is when we do not ask but feel all too comfortable being mad at God for not answering what we did not ask! Remember, hearing is preceded by asking, asking is preceded by obedience, and obedience is preceded by dwelling.

 

John 15:10-11 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area: “Satisfaction” and “Knowing God’s Will.”