1 Samuel 30:5 (KJV)
And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
David was in a place in his life he really shouldn’t have been. Fear had driven him to Gath and it was while there that the village where he and his followers dwelt was attacked. I saw a picture of a church sign that said, “Sometimes bad things happen because we do really dumb things.” David had done one of those dumb things.
But David was still a man after God’s own heart and there is much to learn from him here:
He wept and was in distress
Grieving is a healthy and sensible thing to do. David had two loved ones who had been captured. His men had had many more. It was necessary to grieve and it was necessary for David to grieve with them.
He sought counsel
Rather than rashly taking after the culprits he sought counsel from two sources the priest and the Lord. Technically he only sought the priest in order to seek the Lord but that should be true of us as well; we go to the pastor to take us to the Bible.
He took action. There was a time for weeping and a time for praying. Then there was a time to correct the situation.
We can do the same when we need:
- Grieve when it is right
- Pray and get counsel before acting rashly
- Take action to correct your life
To my reader:
Have you been hurt? How are you dealing with the pain? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.
1 Samuel 30:5 (KJV) How David Handled Hurt
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