When the unforeseen becomes your reality, are you prepared to confront the unexpected?
The Scripture tells us of a time when King David dealt with this same situation.
We learn in 1 Samuel 30 that King David and his men had just returned home from battle and were confronted with the unexpected. Their homes had been burned down and their wives, children, and flock were taken away by their enemies. (The unexpected has just become their reality.) We learn that David and his men lifted up their voices and wept until they had no more power to weep. The Word goes on to say that David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the souls of all the people were grieved, every man for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
Let’s take a look at this word strengthened to get a better understanding of what it means to strengthen oneself in God.
A primitive root; to fasten upon; hence to seize, be strong (figuratively courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer: – aid, amend, X calker, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage (-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, strengten (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong (-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behave self valiantly, withstand.
From the definitions that are listed above, we can see that to strengthen oneself in the Father is to take hold of His character and function. David had to separate himself from his men, and he had to seek the Father to Guide Him and comfort him in his time of distress.
Let us all remember that in these times in our life that will come, the answer that we seek can only come from Abba Father.
The answer that we seek can only come from Abba Father