Spiritual Response to crisis

Spiritual Response to crisis
J.N. Manokaran
David and his men were out of the city of Ziklag, when they returned, all things were upside down. The city was burnt. The wives of David and his men were missing. Children were also not to be found. All sheep and cattle were taken away. The whole company of bold, courageous warriors were stunned and shocked. ( I Samuel 30)
Amalekites had raided the city. The attack was unprovoked. They invaded an unsuspecting city and decisively defeated the unarmed women and children. The intention of raid was to loot the city. And they were successful in their mission.
We are not living in a perfect world, where all things happen according to our desires and expectations. Satan, the Prince of this world, comes to kill and destroy. (John 10:10) However, God is Sovereign, he allows such things to happen in the lives of the People of God. In fact, people of God are not exempt from troubles, tribulations, sorrows, pain, loss and sufferings. Psalmist complains that God allowed enemies to walk over their heads. (Psalms 66:12) When God allows such things, there is always good coming out of that. God allowed Joseph to be sold, face false allegation from a woman and forgotten by his friends who were beneficiaries of his benevolence. That crisis indeed paved way for him to become the President of Egypt, with Pharaoh only above him in authority.
Responses:
There was two kinds of responses in this incident. One was just emotional and perhaps, intellectual. The other was emotional and spiritual. David chose the latter; while other colleagues of David chose the former.
The hardened soldiers of David’s band raised their voices and wept. (I Samuel 30:4) They expressed their agony and anguish in tears. Men are not generally expressive in their emotions. There was no more strength to weep, that means, they were emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted. In the midst of distress, grief and depression, they wanted to vent their anger and frustration. Their tired brains or minds chose David as the scape goat. Anger and frustration became hatred and bitterness. The result was that they decided to stone and kill David.
However, David response was different. Though he was emotionally exhausted, he was spiritually alert. David strengthened himself in the Lord. (I Samuel 30:6) David was not controlled by emotions or directed by a tired mind, but led by his spiritual fellowship with the Lord.
David did not allow his past to control his future. He could detach from the past and saw present as a new opportunity. His vision could perceive the future possibility. The resource for his future hope was Lord himself. David inquired of the Lord (I Samuel 30: 8)
Vision from the Lord
David asks the Lord for his future step. Yes, he has been devastated and defeated, but did not give up like others. David did not try to blame someone and channelize his agony on that. He was looking towards the future. When he strengthened himself in the Lord, he got the courage to face the future. Now, David asked the Lord whether he could pursue the enemies. He did not want to be vengeful that springs out of his emotional turmoil, but make sure what God wanted him to do. Lord gives him permission to go ahead.
Faith in Action
David had full faith in God’s guidance. He pursued his enemies by faith. It was not a passive faith or mental faith, but faith that rested on God’s Word and Promise. Such faith moves a person for action that would be dangerous mission or risky endeavour. David’s faith and confidence in God strengthened other soldiers and they also followed David. People of faith like David, inspire faith in other people.
David recovered all (18-20)
The end result was, David recovered all. God allowed David and his men to go through the difficult times. Out of this crisis, emerged David as a man of faith. His faith was tested and found true. Others failed in the critical moment. David was rewarded and he recovered all. God graciously rewarded the colleagues of David also. Spiritual response is the best response for any crisis in life.

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About J.N. Manokaran

Preacher, Teacher and Writer. Serving Lord Jesus Christ through Community Bible Study
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2 Responses to Spiritual Response to crisis

  1. Evans says:

    The post is very encouraging and thanks for the same. I always wonder at David’s response in the critical moment. From the incident we analyse the responses. That is o.k. But what process David went through to have such a faith…to seek God’s guidance etc. many times I am intrigued on these issues. May God enable each of us to be men like David in our responses.

  2. Pandit Bhai says:

    Thanks for the best spiritual insight.

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