Wherever there are promises from God, there are also problems along the walk of faith to fulfilling those problems. And wherever there is a lapse of time between the promise and the fulfillment of that promise, one will eventually find themselves at the signpost of discouragement. Jentezen Franklin, pastor of Free Chapel Worship Center, once said that it’s “hell in the hallway” between the door of the last season of your life and the new door in front of you.
David knew something about discouragement as we waited for the promise of becoming king to manifest. 1 Samuel 30 tells the story of one of the lower points of David’s walk of faith. Everything fell apart as David and his fighting men’s wives and children had been kidnapped at Ziklag.
Can you imagine the thoughts that ran through David’s mind as he watched his warrior-men sink with grief and despair? But how did David survive his own despair as well as that of his fighting men’s?
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (1 Sam. 30:6, KJV)
It appears to me that adversity and doubt are the wings which God uses to carry us toward the promise. David overcame the inner tumult of disaster, adversity and emotions to look to God for strength. What amazes me is that David didn’t appear to be angry with God for what had happened. I doubt I would have responded the same way.
Discouragement is a signpost that every believer will walk past. So long as we don’t camp there, it’s all good in the hood. James reminds us that our faith is tested God is all about maturing us.
Do you really want to grow in Christ? Are you prepared to be stretched beyond your wildest imaginations for the glory of kingdom?
For Further Reading
1 Samuel 30
Treasury of David (C.H. Spurgeon)