And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. ~ I Samuel 30: 1-4
Tonight at church the preacher spoke of when we are in a place of desperation. It is there that we find out what we are made of. It is there that we are tested the most.
This made me think of (for those of you who have been keeping up with my posts I’m sure you know what’s coming) the whole situation with my ex dumping me. It was in that time where my heart was ripped to shreds that I turned to God in prayer and fasting like I never had before. It is there that I found Jesus to be more real, loving, and amazing than I had ever imagined. It is then that I found out that when my world was falling apart, instead of running away from things or even just taking a while to trust God (like I had in the past), I had grown enough to turn to Jesus with EVERYTHING in me and be transformed by Him.
God doesn’t do things by accident. Today with its preaching happened for a reason. Yes, I still struggle occasionally with my Babylon but even the preaching this morning addressed that by putting safeguards in your life and continually seeking God to help you, it is nothing like those that God gives up to a reprobate mind. It is nothing like those who say “I’m sinning and I love living in it even if it’s sending me to hell.” Then, as I journeyed through this day and sought Him more, and gave Him my life again and resubmitted things to Him, this sermon happened. And it just says to me that God is about to turn the tides in my life. I put something in His hands and right after service I already got what could be a sign in reply. Is it all for certain? No. But I spoke to my promises in Jesus name and I know something happened. God is good!
What a mighty God we serve! If you are at a Ziklag today- in the worst trial of your life where you feel like everything you own and everyone you love was taken away… turn to God and find that He is faithful and will carry you through this tough time. The bible says that David encouraged himself in the Lord (even when his men wanted to kill him and everything he owned and loved was stolen from him) and in the end he recovered all and then some! God WILL come to your aid!
Thank You Jesus that in our Ziklags, we can encourage ourselves in You and in Your timing and when we truly turn to You, we can recover all and then some. I love You Jesus with all my heart.