First Samuel 30 speaks to the issue of finding strength in the Lord when others reject you.
The chapter opens with the Amalekites raiding Ziklag, a city in Judah, while David and his men were away. The powerful Amalekites carried off Judah’s defenseless families, every woman and child, and burned the city.
David encouraged himself.
Upon discovering their loss, all of David’s men turned against him. Suddenly, while facing this extreme trial, David found himself alone, isolated, and with no one to turn to.
David’s response to his situation is recorded in 1 Samuel 30:6 (NIV) which says, “But David found strength in the Lord his God.” The KJV translation says, “But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”
David’s handling of his peers’ rejection contains a life lesson for every believer. When rejected by the others, David pressed into God and found strength in the Lord, and encouraged himself. He needed help, needed it quickly, and God was his only answer.
Note that every man in Judah was experiencing the same trial; i.e., families carried off and the city burned, but David is the only one who reached for God. David encouraged himself by proactively seeking God and this is the key.
God is enough.
God blessed David while the others rejected him. David grew strong while his men fed on each other’s despair. Later in Psalm 118:8, David would write, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”
Hebrews 11:6 promises that God “Rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
How did the story end? David ultimately convinced some of the men to follow his lead and together they pursued the Amalekites. God strengthened David who, in turn, strengthened those around him.
First Samuel 30:18-19 tells us what happened: “David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back.”
After finding strength in the Lord, David led his people to victory, and this is what God wants you to remember. God will strengthen and encourage you when you turn to him in faith. God is all you need. God is enough.
Romans 8:31 asks this question of every Christian, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
When speaking to the early church in Acts 9:31, Paul declares, “I was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit.”
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father … encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).