A Refuge for the Overwhelmed (11 of 29) by John Barnett

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A Refuge for the Overwhelmed (11 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

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.

Open with me to one of the gravest hours in the life of David. I Samuel 21:10-15.
• 1 Samuel 21:10-15 Then David arose and fled that day from before Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. 11 And the servants of Achish said to him, "Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of him to one another in dances, saying: 'Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands’?” 12 Now David took these words to heart, and was very much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. [That is the setting for Psalm 56] 13 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. 14 Then Achish said to his servants, “Look, you see the man is insane. Why have you brought him to me? 15 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?” [That is the setting for Psalm 34 and then later, Psalm 70].

David bottoms out emotionally, he is unable to go on because of complete fear, loneliness, and danger. So he puts on an act like he has lost his mind. 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!

Paul spoke most personally of his struggles in 2 Corinthians. Listen to his struggles with unexpected situations that overwhelmed his life.
• 2 Corinthians 1:8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above st ...


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