when your hope weakens
and your vision fails
it’s then that you’re tempted to make a bad decision.
David experienced it and so have we.
At the beginning of the journey when our hopes are so high
we turn to the Lord.
Automatically – everything gets brought before the Lord in prayer.
“I’ve got to pray about it,” we frequently say.
Like David, the one who killed Goliath, who regularly inquired of the Lord.
But then it changed. He started to focus on Saul.
He first reasoned with his own thoughts.
“I will be destroyed,” he thought as fear took hold of him.
Our thoughts are never to be trusted
especially not when we are weary and caught in a fog.
David gave himself some poor advice – “Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul.”
Sunk deeper than he had ever been before
David forgot. Yes, he forgot the golden oil of Samuel on his face.
God had anointed him; God had reassured him again through Jonathan.
But in weariness
David lost his focus
and made the poor decision of holding out with the enemy.
So do we.
We stop resisting and look for temporary relief
but things only get worse leading to even more poor decisions.
When will we learn?
What will it take?
Like sheep we so often follow each other right off the cliff. Terrified.
Let’s do right what David did wrong.
Yes, let’s be quick to pray about everything.
God never pushes us away when we are tired or in the dumps.
He doesn’t turn away from us because we are overwhelmed again.
So the next time you begin to lack focus and the desire to go on
seek wise counsel
and most of all, find your strength in the Lord. (1Sam. 30:6)