I was speaking with a friend yesterday and we were discussing how amazing it is that God, who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present, leaves the power of how much of Him we experience in our hands. Isn’t that incredible?

Do you have any idea why He does that?

I think it is because He wants our relationship with Him to be authentic and real. If He forced us to meet with Him, to draw near to Him, it would not be a real relationship.

Imagine if you were out with a friend, or your spouse, or a significant other, and you asked them why they decided to spend time with you that day and they replied, “Because I have to”. That would not be good!

It’s not good with God either.

These 30 for 30 are not a “have to” but rather a “want to” or even a “need to”.

For me, I usually fall into the “need to” category.

I need God every day, don’t you?

David was in a serious “need to” situation when his town was burnt down, his family kidnapped, and his army wanting to stone him to death. I’ve spoken on this passage a lot lately, but here is the amazing thing that I want you to see today. The Scripture says,

“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God”. 1 Samuel 30:6b

Now, the word “strengthened” in the original language means,

“Made himself strong”.

What? Wait. That sounds humanistic, doesn’t it? Doesn’t it go on to say, “…in the Lord His God”?

Yes, but here is my question for you –

Who made the first move?

David had a choice to make. He could have remained depressed, confused, and angry, maybe forever. If he had made that choice, he probably would have become distant in his relationship with God, he never would have seen his family again – and they him – he never would have become king of Israel, and he probably would have died that day.

But there was another choice.

He CHOSE to draw near to God. And when He did, God drew near to him, and gave him what he needed – strength and strategy!

You have a choice, too. On any given day, in any given negative, painful, confusing situation, you can either remain in that place, or you can choose to seek God like David did. If you do, you will get the same results he, and every other person in the Bible who sought God, did.

James said it plainly,

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a

Drawing near.

THINK ABOUT IT

  1. Do you believe if you draw near to God today, you will get the same results David did? Why or why not?
  2. How does it affect you knowing that you have a choice to stay depressed, sad, angry, stressed, and confused or to seek God and be strengthened?
  3. What are you going to choose to do today?