We’re still learning from our favorite Outlaw, the eventual King David. We saw how that, though he had found himself in a rough spot and without help or encouragement coming from anywhere, he looked upward, and encouraged (or motivated, if you like) himself in God (and by the promises of God to Him).
But it didn’t end with David encouraging and strengthening himself in the Lord. David still had real problems to deal with: the wives, children, and livestock of his 600 men were still missing; David’s wives and valuables were still missing; his men were still about to visit their rage on him and inevitably end him. So David couldn’t afford to stop at being encouraged and strengthened in his heart. He knew this, and the next steps he took reflect this knowledge.
“David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought him the ephod. David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this band [of raiders]? Will I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you will certainly overtake them, and you will certainly rescue [the captives].” So David went…”1 Samuel 30:7-9
Without wasting time, David quickly sought direction and strategy from God and went in immediate pursuit of the Amalekite raiders by the instruction he had been given. As we know, David eventually caught up with the raiders and recovered every single thing.
What do we learn from this?
Coming into difficult situations is something of a constant as far as life is concerned. And while these situations are there to build our faith and virtue, and to strengthen our character, they are not palatable, and neither is it God’s Will for us to remain in these situations interminably.
In our battles, it is good that we are strengthened and encouraged in our hearts by God- it all becomes better (i.e our life’s story) when we seek directions and take specific actions to move out of those difficult situations to the next thing God has in mind for us.
The Holy Spirit in the believer is not just a “Motivational Speaker or Spirit”. The Holy Spirit is not just there to give you “jinja”. What are you doing with what the Holy Spirit has whispered into your heart? What are you doing with the strategies and ideas that have been buzzing around in your heart? What are you doing with what God has said?
Between where you are, and the beautiful ending God has in mind for your story, is a journey of Faith that is lighted by the Word of God.
Find Strength in God, but don’t stop there. Go in that might.