1 Samuel 30:1-6
Tue, 7 December 2021

When You Are Greatly Distressed


What significant observations can you make about David in his major crisis?

Deeper Reflection
WHEN DAVID and his men reached Ziklag only to see their home destroyed and their families disappeared (v.3), there was but one thing to do: wail – they “lifted their voices and wept” (v.4a). Their sorrows were so overwhelming that they “wept until there was no strength in them to weep” (v.4b). There must have been great fear and anxiety over what could have happened to their loved ones. The narrator tells us that the Amalekites did not kill them (v.2), but David and his men did not know this. But they did know that even if they were alive, as captives, “they could be sold for profit to merchants or others and would eke out the rest of their lives in isolation, bondage and misery”6. The troubling situation was so unbearable that “all the people were embittered” and “spoke of stoning” their leader (v.6). Isolated and alone, David became “greatly distressed” (v.6). Imagine the intensity of David’s emotions. What would you do if you were in David’s shoes? For David, he “strengthened himself in the LORD his God” (v.6). David “strengthened himself in the LORD” – in who God is, in God’s character. And this God is “his God”. God is a personal God to David. “In the LORD his God” is where the strengthening must begin: our relationship with God and our knowledge of God. And in this theological reality we strengthen ourselves by remembering, anchoring and trusting in the Word of God that never fails.
6 Dale Ralph Davis, 310

What can I do when I am greatly distressed in very difficult times?

Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise:
  • Pray for pastors and staff: To strengthen themselves in God in times of great distress
  • Pray for significant people:
  • Pray for those in need:
  • Pray for self:

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Daniel 5:17, 25-31; 6:1-2
Mon, 5 June 2023

Serving from Babylon to Persia


What is the significance of Daniel serving in the Babylonian and Persian
courts successively?

Deeper Reflection
God’s word to Belshazzar that He would “put an end” to his kingdom and give it “over to the Medes and Persians” was fulfilled immediately – “that same night” (v.30) – after Daniel’s interpretation of the inscription on the wall (vv.25-31). God can fulfil His Word immediately or after a long time. Whatever time God may take to fulfil His Word, He is “trustworthy in all His promises and faithful in all He does” (Psa 145:13b, NIV).The demise of the Babylonian hegemony was not just a historical event, but primarily a theological one. Nebuchadnezzar was “My servant” whom God raised to judge His unfaithful people in the seventy-year Babylonian exile (Jer 25:8-9, 11). When God had accomplished His purpose through Babylon, “I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation” (Jer 25:12). This is how God deals with arrogant and evil nations: “And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah” (Isa 13:19).The end of Babylon does not mean an insecure future for Daniel. However drastically our circumstances may change, God’s call for our lives remains when we walk with Him faithfully. We are secure in God’s call, because it is God’s call. Daniel became one of “the three commissioners” in Persia (Dan 6:1-2). It wasn’t that having lost his job Daniel applied to serve the Persian king. Daniel couldn’t do that. It was purely by royal appointment. But behind the “It seemed good to Darius to appoint” (Dan 6:1) was God’s call for Daniel to serve Him from Babylon to Persia.

How do I relate God’s call for me in drastic changes of my life situations?

Lord, I believe You have a calling for my life which You have intended to be distinctive for me. I want to live my life with a deep sense of answering Your calling. Help me to walk with You faithfully, knowing that as I do so, You will unfold Your plans for me in that calling. Grant me wisdom and understanding to discern Your calling for my life.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for leaders
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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