All the Israelite troops stood in fear of the Giant who taunted them. But David, young, eager, courageous and bold, killed Goliath with just a sling and a stone.
One would assume him to be lauded a hero by his king. Rather, from that time forward, King Saul only grew in his jealousy and hatred toward David. And for many years... actually until the day of his death, Saul relentlessly pursued David, seeking to kill him.
So even though he was already anointed the next king, David lived as a wanderer, a fugitive, on the run and hiding as he feared for his life.
So where was God in all this trouble?
And see what a mighty man of God David became. He is known to have "a heart after God." Could it be that David become great, even in a time of wandering?
So how did David come to KNOW God?
David came to know God in the middle of his circumstances. He didn't wait until he had it all together to get right with God. He honestly laid himself bare before God and praised Him for His goodness before things turned around.
David trusted that God was still good, God was still powerful, and God was still in control... even when his life was a mess.
And look how tender God was with him. He counted and kept record of David's wandering. He realized David's thoughts ran to and fro, from anger and fear, to praise and thankfulness. And still God loved him enough to capture his tears in... not just a bottle, but God's bottle.
How beautiful to know that God is aware of every thought we think for and against Him. He knows our doubts, our fears and our wanderings. And still, God tenderly captures each tear we cry in distress or sorrow.
We too can grow to KNOW God, even in the middle of our mess. For He is the Almighty Accountant of Sorrows.
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