They say that a drowning man clutches even at straw; so to expect a drowning man to save another? Hardly seems possible. But beloved, the apostle Paul reminds us that when we are weak, that is when we are strong (2 Corinthians 12:10) because,

“But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 [AMPC]

Our Father’s grace, Jesus’ grace, His favor, His loving-kindness, His mercy toward our situation and circumstance, is more than enough to weather against any danger and enables us to not only bear the trouble, but bear it manfully. Because it is when we are empty, that He can completely fill us with all that is Him.

There was a scene in the movie 2012, just before the world was supposed to end, where a Tibetan monk, in trying to teach his disciple the merits of having an open and teachable mind, poured tea into his cup till it overflowed. When asked to stop pouring the tea, he told his disciple that like the cup, unless he emptied his mind of all preconceived ideas and beliefs, he would not be able to receive any new insight into what was going on in his life; and if we think carefully about this, it is true even for us, is it not? If we are preoccupied with our problems, with our lives, with our perspectives and views, with what we think should be done; we will never let Jesus; let our Father speak their grace into our lives and circumstance. It is no wonder then Jesus said,

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

And this is exactly what David did.

“Then they told David, saying, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and they are robbing the threshing floors.”
Therefore David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?”
And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah.”
But David’s men said to him, “Look, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” Then David inquired of the Lord once again.
And the Lord answered him and said, “Arise, go down to Keilah. For I will deliver the Philistines into your hand.” And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines, struck them with a mighty blow, and took away their livestock. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.” 1 Samuel 23:1-5

David and his men saw a city being exploited and attacked by a foreign power, they sought the Lord and our Father gave them the victory. But this was no ordinary fight. In fact, this was worse than Goliath and the 5 stones; because, these were the merry men who were with David.

“And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.” 1 Samuel 22:2

These were not the battle-hardened warriors that David was used to fighting with. They were misfits, with tons of worries of their own. And they were not fighting for their own survival, they were fighting for another city, merely righting a social wrong, doing someone else a favor, no wonder they were scared.

And if you think that at least David was in a good place, think again. He too was running, and he was running away from the king, Saul.

“Now Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David; but Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted greatly in David. So Jonathan told David, saying, “My father Saul seeks to kill you. Therefore please be on your guard until morning, and stay in a secret place and hide. And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak with my father about you. Then what I observe, I will tell you.” 1 Samuel 19:1-3

Yet, no matter how bleak the situation was for David, our Father was always there to provide a way out. Here we see that David found favor with Saul’s son, Jonathan. And it was with the help of Jonathan and David’s wife, Michal, that David was able to escape from Saul.

Then when David got hungry whilst on the run, our Father supplied food from His own table, no less,

“So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread which had been taken from before the Lord, in order to put hot bread in its place on the day when it was taken away.” 1 Samuel 21:6

And finally, when David took refuge in the cave, our Father restored to him his family and his help.

“David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.” 1 Samuel 22:1-2
So because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

He is with you, guiding your steps, providing all sufficiency and will eventually restore you to that which He has originally purposed for you. So that is why David was able to have the clarity of mind to not only render help when needed, he also sought the Lord when it mattered and followed His instruction.

Beloved child of God, even though David penned these words while He was on the run,

“Be good to me, God—and now!
I’ve run to you for dear life.
I’m hiding out under your wings
until the hurricane blows over.
I call out to High God,
the God who holds me together.
He sends orders from heaven and saves me,
he humiliates those who kick me around.
God delivers generous love,
he makes good on his word.” Psalm 57:1-3 [MSG]

It is not so much David’s faith that we should learn from, but our Father’s unchanging love for us, on which David built his faith, that we should constantly remind ourselves of. For our Father has said,

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16

My friend, if you are going through an impossible situation right now, but have never sought the Lord for your deliverance, then come to Him right now. Don’t carry your burdens on your own any longer for Jesus said,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Say this to our Father now.

“Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for reaching out to me in my darkest moments, even when I never knew You. Thank You for shining Your light and illuminating my path so that I may see the might of Your salvation and have hope. Thank You for reaching into my situation and providing for me all that I need. Father I know that all this would not have been possible if not for Jesus and His death on the cross. I know that I could not have merited any of Your love, provision and protection; and if Jesus had not bled to give me complete remission of all my sins, I would not be here right now. I also know that I would not have hope if Jesus had not risen to give me a new, sinless, abundant life in Him. So I receive Jesus right now, into my life, and I know that with Him, comes Your unending, unchanging love, protection and provision for me. I rest knowing that You are in control. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved child of God, remember that

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;” Psalm 91:9-10
“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.” Psalm 91:5-8

If you feel empty right now, rejoice! For it is now time for Jesus to fill you with His love and His provision.

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