“A Very Present Help”

1 Samuel 30:1-6

David had reached the point in life where some people think of taking their own lives. He was so far down the ladder of despair that he’d reached the bottom rung. The last stop. The place where you either jump off into oblivion or you cry out to God for His forgiveness. For rescue. The wonderful thing is that we do have that choice, because God never gives up on His children.

David made the right choice. “David was greatly distressed . . . But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God” (1 Samuel 30:6).

Now you’re talking, David. That’s the way to endure the Slough of Despond. The pits may seem bottomless, but there’s hope above. Reach up! Help is there.

For the first time in months, David looks up, and he says, “Oh, God, help me.” And He does. He always will. He is “a very present help” when needed.

Dark days call for right thinking and vertical focus. That’s what David learns at this moment in his life. He finds that the test isn’t designed to throw him on his back and suck him under, it’s designed to bring him to his knees so he will look up.

Perhaps you have known the joys and ecstasies of walking with Christ, but in a moment of despondency, you’ve opted for the wrong fork in the road, and you’re now living in the wrong camp . . . you’re living in the “carnal corral.” In the words of the prophet, you’ve been like those who “sow the wind and . . . reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7).

But, like David, you’ve gotten tired of feeling displaced. The disillusionment has bred distrust, and the depression is killing you.

Reach up. Come home. The Father is waiting at the door, ready to forgive and willing to restore. It’s time to return and strengthen yourself, yet again, in the Lord your God.

Taken from Great Days with the Great Lives by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.