The Vulnerable Strength of a Man

"But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God." 1 Samuel 30:6

This day in David's life was devastating. He returned to the city of Ziklag to find it burned, plundered, and their wives and children taken by an enemy nation. This moment brought him and his men to their knees. It was said that David's weeping was so intense that they wept themselves into a state of exhaustion. And when David was at his weakest, the unthinkable happens - his people begin to turn on him and prepare to kill him. As if war from without was not enough, now David was bracing for war from within. While onlookers saw this as David at his weakest, they were wrong; it was here in his vulnerability that he demonstrated his greatest strength. For here, with much weighing on him, he "strengthened himself in the Lord his God." While he could have trusted in his skill, strategy, or self-will and engineered a way out, he chooses instead to let God be his strength. In this, he draws attention not to himself, but rather to God and what he can do through a weak and vulnerable man.

DO THIS: Be vulnerable and let God be great.

PRAYER: God, be great through me. May your name, power, and witness be known through my vulnerabilities.


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