Broken but remade (1 Samuel 30:1-20)

David as a young man was small of stature. He had already killed Goliath and become both well-known and a target. God was grooming him for the throne. Even through his rebellion and foolishness, God was able to use David. He even assembled a loyal army. Yet when things started to go wrong, they wanted to stone him. David found solace in the Lord his God.

1. Our greatest battles come during times of great victory. David was continuously victorious, until the Amelikites came in and destroyed everything. Sometimes when we least expect it, the devil comes against us. At the moment of his greatest victories, David suffered his greatest defeat because his guard was down.

It is times like this the church has to remain faithful to God and guarded against the devil. It is when things are going well for a church that the devil seeks to attack.

David enjoyed a faithful walk with God. Yet the Amelikites nonetheless came in and took the soldiers’ wives and children captive.

2. The most painful attacks are always against the family. This is how to destroy a nation, or even a church. The devil does it through the family. A church is only as strong as the family units that make up that church. Families fight amongst themselves when they aren’t the real enemy. When the devil stirs the home, everything else is out of balance. Indeed, we are told that David and the Israelites who were with him wept until they could no longer weep.

When we hurt, we are likely to take it out on other people. Hurt people hurt people.

3. God will bring us to deep levels of brokenness before He advances us to abundant levels of blessedness. In our brokenness we can be a blessing to others. There is a price to be paid by those who enjoy a passionate walk with God. You cannot discount brokenness. We have fostered a generation in church that is afraid of brokenness. We all want the glory, but not the journey it takes to get there. Humiliation must come before exaltation. Even for Christ it was this way. Power is harnessed through brokenness.

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