1 Samuel 30:4
So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.
Their first response was to weep in sorrow. It was so painful that they wept till no more strength remained. Even David’s wives were taken away. It’s okay to cry. After the sadness came anger. They blamed David their leader for this calamity. Some considered stoning him.
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.
David was stressed beyond limits. He was responsible for the lives in his camp. He might have just given up hope of ever seeing his family again. Thankfully, he didn’t. It’s in the word “but”.
But David found strength in the God. He didn’t look to positive psychology or chugging alcohol to drown his sorrows. He looked for the only source of strength – God.
What do you do when you’re running on empty? Turn to God just like David did. And when he found his strength in God’s love and faithfulness, he took action. He was not paralysed in depression, whining “Poor me, why me?”
1 Samuel 30:7a
Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.”
David sought God’s direction on how to resolve this issue. God promised him success. So his men hunted down and destroyed the Amalekites. Everyone got back his loved one intact.
1 Samuel 30:18-19
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.
What can we learn from how David handled stress?
1. Find your strength in God.
2. Ask God how to resolve the issue.
3. Obey God and reap success.