1 Samuel 27:1-6

Even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 1 Peter 3:14

One of the reasons God allows trials to come into our lives is to prepare us for future spiritual battles. God anointed David to be king over Israel, yet He allowed him to be banished and hunted like a common criminal. Instead of ruling Israel, David once was even constrained to the land of the Philistines at Ziklag (1 Samuel 27:1-6).

Adversity and suffering met him at every turn. Yet those were the very ingredients that God used to prepare David for kingship. Adversity became him tutor and suffering his guide. In the midst of trial, David developed the spiritual and physical disciplines that made him Israel’s greatest king.

God never trains us for battle in regions of ease, comfort, and pleasure. Instead, He sends us to places like Ziklag where disappointment temps our souls. In these environments we must learn to trust and follow only Him.

How long have the winds of adversity clawed at your life? Months? Years? God has not forgotten you. He is in the process of preparing you for future blessing. Therefore, stand firm in the hope and knowledge of His salvation.

Thank You, Lord, that You are preparing me for future blessing. Help me stand firm in the hope and knowledge of Your salvation.

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