David had been out warring–tired and hungry after fighting a war that did not even concern him in the grand scheme of things–when he and his men were sent home, rejected from the battlefields for sudden fear brought on by the possibilities of his past position as the enemy’s dude. He trudges home, only to find the place ransacked, his town burned to the ground, all the women and children snatched up, and his own people pissed at him because of course, it is the leader’s fault. (I Samuel 30)
David, who had lost as much (if not more than) anybody else, wiped his tears, pulled himself together, and asked God a game-changing question: Should I pursue?
Too many times in my life, I have stopped the process right at pulling myself together. I have dried my eyes, “encouraged myself in the Lord” just like David–but then I have gone about the business of cleaning up the mess someone else made and placating the people around me so that they do not kill me (metaphorically speaking) out of anger because “I let them down.”
But never, never have I gone that next step and asked God permission to go after the things that have nearly destroyed all I have. You see, I have never been that bold. I have never had that much faith. I have always been taught that the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. It never occurred to me that God may have been waiting to say,
Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. (1 Samuel 30:8 KJV)
Faith requires the impossible–not the impossible thing to do, but the impossible thing to believe. It demands that you reach passed feelings, disappointments, betrayals, exhaustion, and fear to a place of second wind. Faith requires you to ask the question–then be fully persuaded to run headlong into the answer.
David could have sat and wept some more. He could have calmed everybody down with a good political speech. He could have talked his soldiers into believing that it was God’s will that they lost everything trying to do the right thing. He could have remarried and rebuilt.
Instead he reached passed his pain and pursued his purpose.
Now is the time for you to take that step out of resignation and into reassurance. Stop believing the lie that it is the will of God that you suffer. Pursue your victory, overtake your destiny, and recover all that you were made to be.