Greater Than Our Tribulation (I Samuel 26-31)

24 Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the Lord, and may he deliver me out of all tribulation.” I Samuel 26:24

It has been truly refreshing for me personally to read I Samuel.  Each day I have approached my Bible with excitement about the truth God would bring back to my mind and heart as well as the new truth He has led me to discover.  One the truths I have discovered is the title of our blog:


The book of I Samuel has its fair share of tribulations.  From the beginning with Samuel’s mother crying out in tribulation to Saul’s great fear in consulting a medium to find answers for his trials (29).  Sandwiched in between these tribulations is the early life of David.  Surely we have recognized his trials.  The greatest of these has been the ten plus years he has been hunted by King Saul.

David’s faith in these chapters has been amazing, but at the same time, David’s times of fear have over and over reminded me of my own inability to overcome the deepest of tribulations.

As I have poured over these chapters I have learned several things:

  • God always, in His time, rewards the righteous and faithful, 26:23.
  • God always, in His time, judges those who live in unrighteousness, I Samuel 31.
  • God always walks with His people through tribulations, I Samuel 28.
  • God is the strength I need in ever tribulation, 30:6

In chapter 30, David found himself facing great tribulation, when he and his warriors returned to their home base and found their city burned to the ground and their families had been taken captive.  Even worse, his own team turned on him and blamed him for their present tribulation.

Notice what David has learned:

And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul,[b] each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

Brothers and sisters, I need this truth today and every day.  Jesus is the strength of my life.  He is the source of my success.  Without Him I would be lost and without Him I would be a lost ball in high weeds in this world of tribulation.

As we celebrate Jesus first coming tonight (Christmas Eve) and tomorrow (Christmas Day), remember Jesus came to rescue the perishing and care for the broken.  He is greater than any tribulation you and I may face!!! Jesus is truly the gift that keeps on giving throughout eternity!!!

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