Turning Tragedy Into Triumph

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

1 Samuel 30:8 (NIV)
…and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”

1 Samuel 30:8 (MSG)
Then David prayed to God, “Shall I go after these raiders? Can I catch them?”
The answer came, “Go after them! Yes, you’ll catch them! Yes, you’ll make the rescue!”
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“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].” -AMPLIFIED

Today we will consider the fact that when God speaks, when He directs us, then we need to listen. Why? Because we will find that He can turn our tragedies into triumphs! David is a very good example of this truth.

David and his men had marched three days to arrive home to their village Ziklag. There they found just smoldering rubble. Everyone and everything was gone. The Amalekites had come and raided the village while the men were away; carrying off their loved ones to be used as slaves.

After a good cry and the threat of a stoning, David called for Abiathar the priest to bring the ephod so they could inquire of the Lord. (Good move on David’s part.) David prays, inquiring of the Lord, “Should we pursue these raiders? Can we catch them?” -(VOICE)

God answered David with a resounding “Yes!” “Yes, go after them. Yes, you will catch them. Yes, you will rescue your loved ones.” Good news!

So David gathered his six hundred men together and set off. They came to the wadi Besor, a dry creek bed where David had to leave 200 men behind, because there were too exhausted to continue on. (Remember, they had already traveled a long distance to get back to Ziklag and then were confronted with a great sorrow.)

Four hundred men continued on. They stumbled upon an Egyptian servant left behind to die. (Remember, there are no coincidences with God.) David’s men gave the man some water and food. In return, they gained some much needed information. David asked him, “Can you lead us to the raiders?” The servant replied, “Indeed, I can.” So they all set off in hot pursuit.

This Egyptian was true to his word; he lead David and his men right to the Amalekites. Now the Amalekites were, in fact, eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating, because they had taken such great spoils in their raids. They were so busy celebrating that they had left no one to stand guard. David and his men, still angry over what had been done to their families and home came in like a storm.

We are told that David and his men fought against the Amalekites from one twilight to the next. They killed all of the Amalekites except for 400 young men who had escaped on camels.

Scripture then tells us that everything that had been lost was recovered. “So David recovered everything that had been taken, including his two wives. Nothing was missing—from the smallest thing to the greatest treasure, none of the sons or daughters, no property of any kind. David brought everything home.” -1 Samuel 30:18-19 (MSG)

God has a way of bringing triumph out of tragedy. For the child of God those times of struggle, adversity, and catastrophe provide an opportunity for us to watch our Good Father at work.

Here are a few verses that remind us of God’s promises in times of tragedy:

* “Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).” -Psalm 55:22 (AMP)

* “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow].” -Psalms 147:3 (AMP)

* “Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” -John 14:27 (AMP)

* “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28

Trusting God in those difficult situations is of the utmost importance for every Christian believer. God loves us. He desires the best for us and sometimes the best comes in our darkest hours.

“God can take tragedy and turn it into triumph. He routinely does this for those who love him.” ~ Dr. James Dobson

My Prayer:
Lord, help me to trust you more; especially in those times of tragedy and adversity. I know nothing is impossible for you and that you also have good plans for my life. Give me peace in those difficult situations and let my trust grow. Everything that you allow to happen in my life happens for a purpose.

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