Background: The first king of the nation of Israel was named Saul. Saul was prideful and when he disobeyed God, God rejected him as king. God then secretly selected a young man named David to be king. He was a man who trusted God and served Him with his whole heart. David became one of Saul’s greatest military leaders and people loved him. But Saul became jealous, so much so, that he plotted to kill David. David fled to the wilderness with 600 trusted men. David and his men captured the town of Ziklag and they brought their wives and families to live there. While the men were away at war the Amalekites raided Ziklag and stole their wives, families and all their possessions and carried them away.
Ask the children…
What trouble was David in?
“David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him.” (1 Samuel 30:6)
What did God do for David?
“But David found strength in the Lord his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6)
Daivd and his men found the Amalekites and fought against them. What did they get back from them?
“David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, and he rescued his two wives. 19 Nothing was missing: small or great, son or daughter, nor anything else that had been taken. David brought everything back.” (1 Samuel 30:18)
David trusted God even when his situation looked bad and eveyone around him had given up hope. That is true faith and God rewarded it.
Ask your children what circumstances are causing the hearts of those around them to fail and they need to trust God? Take this need to the Lord and ask for God to give them special strength and faith for this circumstance.
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