Read I Chronicles 14:8-17
I Chronicles 14:8-17 records that David is finally crowned as king – after the intense trials of his life he finally feels that there is going to be a time of relaxing.
The minute the Philistines heard that David had been made king over a united Israel, they went out in force to capture David. When David got the report, he marched out to confront them.
When things are going good for you – the unthinkable often happens sometimes everything is going right then suddenly it all goes left and you are helpless.
It looked like the enemy outnumbered them it looked like the enemy was greater. Remember the Philistines still had the technological advantage. David hadn’t subdued them yet to get the secret of iron working. Some scholars think he learned to smelt iron while he was with the Philistines for 16 months (1 Samuel 27:7). I think it makes more sense that he got it by defeating them.
The Philistines came out in full force. They came out to crush the new king.
You’re helpless when your life is going in one direction that you can’t control and there seems like there can be nothing that can stop what’s going to happen.
We had a similar situation this week. We just got through Karen’s grandmother’s funeral and we were starting to relax and process and Karen got a phone call out of the blue – “You’re dad is in emergency. He’s passing out with pain.”
We could celebrate Karen’s grandma’s passing….she’s where she was created to be.
We have more concern for Karen’s father. He’s a good person who cares deeply for others…who is unwilling to acknowledge his need for God.
I’ve had to practice what I’m about to preach. That’s great for you. Not so much fun for me.
We’ve felt a bit helpless this week. What can we do or say to make things better?
I have an idea…why not do what David did?