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Discover the Book - November 3

  • 2020 Nov 03


When Overwhelmed David Fled to the Lord

We have all heard of people who have gone through complete emotional or mental breakdowns, but few of us have ever actually witnessed one as it happened. The good news is that God recorded the "before, during, and after" of the emotional and physical breakdown David experienced.

This sad but instructive event is captured flawlessly and in amazing detail. As we open to I Samuel 21:13 David hit the bottom, overwhelmed by life, sinking into fear, and trapped by his choices, he melts down.

This may be the single most humiliating and desperate moment of David's life. Follow along with me as we see what happens when even great servants of the Lord get overwhelmed by their trouble and trials.

"So he changed his behavior before them, pretended madness in their hands, scratched on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva fall down on his beard. Then Achish said to his servants, "Look, you see the man is insane. Why have you brought him to me? Have I need of madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?" (1 Samuel 21:13-15).

When life unexpectedly overwhelms us and we feel we can't go on and we feel all alone—what do we do? David faced that as well as so many of God's faithful servants through the years. Just because we love and serve the Lord doesn't mean we miss the storms and skids of life.

Not everything David did was right—but the inspired lessons are always right. The key to this time in David's life is found not in the short term events, but in the long term direction of his heart!

David chose to trust God's promises and be led in triumph!

Remember: life is full of unexpected twists—those sudden changes you never see coming.

When we are desperate, God is not.

When we are alone, God is there.

When we are troubled, God is a very present refuge and help for you to flee into His loving and waiting arms!

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