Most people would have been totally overwhelmed by this turn of events. Most would have thrown in the towel. But in one of the most dramatic 180-degree-turns in history the Bible says this in 1 Samuel 30:6b (Amp) “But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
There is a specific type of déjà vu: not just when life does a double take, but when trouble does a double take. I’m talking about when those pesky persistent problems you thought were in your past come back to haunt your present.
In our passage today this subtle temptation even reaches into a life as exemplary as David’s. From his excellent example of submitting to God’s will, instead of taking revenge, we can see at least Three principles to put into practice.
David took some outcast that nobody wanted and accomplished the work of God. If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, refuse bitterness, or refuse self-pity…THEN GOD CAN TURN THINGS AROUND.
There are several examples of friendship in the Bible. Some are not good examples of Job’s friends who showed up during his time of need. But others demonstrate true friendship such as that we read in today’s reading between Jonathan and David.
Part of God’s plan for your life may involve the loss of something you place security in. When this happens God is trying to teach us to stop trusting in the worldly things rather than Him.