April 20 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“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.” ~1 Samuel 30:6

Just when we think David and his men have reached a low point, things get worse. While away from their home in Philistia, the town is sacked and everything is taken, including wives and children. The men return to smoldering rubble and empty streets. David and his men weep uncontrollably. They are so numb with grief they cannot muster the strength to find the culprits. Instead, the men turn on David. They have stayed with him believing in their hearts that their fearless leader will one day be king. But all hope is lost. Weary with warring and wandering, and grieving an unimaginable loss, David’s men talk of mutiny.

This is perhaps the lowest point in David’s life. He cannot go home, the king of Israel wants him dead. His home in Philistia and his family is gone. He cannot rely on the Philistines for aid; they do not trust him. Now his band of brothers is ready to take his life. In this moment, we are given another rare glimpse into this young man’s heart: “But David found strength in the Lord his God” (1 Sam. 30:6). The only thing David has going for him is what he knows about his God: He is still with David, and He is still God no matter how dire the circumstances. David finds the strength to seek counsel from his priest and to pray to the Lord for guidance and help. He finds the strength to get back on his horse and to rally his men even though he knows they want him dead. He finds the strength to hope against hope that he’ll bring his family back safely.

Find strength in God no matter how difficult the circumstances may be. He is still God even when life is unfair or turbulent or draining. He loves you. You can trust Him. He is strong, wise, and loving. It is okay to feel the hurt of a situation; David sure did. But don’t stop there. Pray for help and wisdom in your trial (Jas. 1:2-5). Then mount up and head out in courage and confidence. God is with you, even if the whole world is against you, and He has great things in store for you. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). Find strength in God today.

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.