Where Do You Go When You Hit Rock Bottom?

“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God,” (1 Samuel 30:6 NIV).

Sometimes life doesn’t work out the way we thought it would. This was certainly the case for a teenage boy named David who was anointed the next King of Israel.

While King Saul was still on his throne, God chose David to be his successor. This didn’t sit too well with the King and he made every attempt to kill David before the crown could be placed on his handsome head. The young David, who earlier had bravely charged the Philistine giant, Goliath, now ran for his life. The one place Saul didn’t think David would hide was among the Philistines whom he had previously shamed. So that is exactly where David hid…the briar patch, so to speak.

By this time, David had a six hundred man army gathered round him. Each man brought his wife and children to live in the camp. The rag tag team of outcasts became David’s kingdom for a time.

One day while David and his men were off fighting a battle, another group of people, the Amalakites, invaded their camp and took all their wives and children captive. When David and his men returned home, they found empty beds, smoldering fires, and the haunting absence of familiar voices.

The men wept until they had no more tears or energy for recourse. Rather than devise a rescue plan, they turned their anger on their leader and threatened to stone him. Hurting people often hurt people and they were looking for someone to blame.

Can you imagine how David must have felt? His previous employer was trying to kill him (he had worked in Saul’s palace), his best friends had turned against him, and his wife and children had been taken captive or possibly killed. Where was he to turn? How could he encourage his men when he had nothing left to give?

There was only one place to turn…to God.

“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6). Friend, sometimes to God is the only place we have to go. Isn’t it a shame that we wait until God is our last resort rather than our first line of defense? Yes, God has called us to live in community with other believers, but sometimes I believe He wants us all to Himself.

Moses was alone with God when he talked to God in the burning bush. Hagar was alone with God when he spoke to her and gave her water in the desert. Elijah was alone with God when God revealed Himself in the still small voice. Hannah was alone with God when she poured out her heart in prayer for a child. Jesus often went away by himself to commune with His Father. Where do we go when we hit rock bottom? When we’re feeling empty? When we’ve lost hope?

Go to God. Strengthen yourself in the Lord your God. It worked for David and He will work for you. David later wrote, “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure,” (Psalm 18:32 NIV).

Let’s Pray
Heavenly Father, Please give me the strength I need to meet each challenge I will face today. Thank You that You promise never to leave me or forsake me. No matter how alone I may feel, or how many turn against me, I know that You are always there. You are always for me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Let’s Chat
What is your favorite way to get alone with God? Where do you go? What do you do?

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5 Responses to Where Do You Go When You Hit Rock Bottom?

  1. Katherine Ulloa May 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    I just want to share, that I am a very active person, to be very honest, praying on my knees, I think that I last 15 minutes before I fell asleep.
    So my favorite times with God, where I can be 45 munities talking to him and after that I feel like recharge, is in my regular running’s. I am alone, his air is gentle touching my face and his nature all around me and it is awesome to feel his presence like that.
    Thank you for including me in your blog

  2. Elise Daly Parker May 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    I have been getting a little lax with my time alone with God. I have good corporate prayer times in my Moms In Prayer groups. And i am very blessed to walk and pray with my husband almost every day. But today, I was very convicted that I needed to meet with the Lord BEFORE I start my day. So I gathered up my devotionals and brought them back up to my bed. Then a little later, I knew it was time to spend a little time face down. There’s just something about this position…submission maybe? I really hear God’s still small voice when I take this posture. He meets me mightily there every time. You might want to check out a blog I wrote about this a while ago bit.ly/KgNpDC.
    It was a true joy to meet you at Hawthorne. Bless you!

  3. Susan Comen May 5, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    I have two favorite places. My first is in a chair in my kitchen that allows me a view of the beautiful trees and birds outside the window. I like to write my prayers so I begin and end each day doing this (my father who is now deceased loved this very spot). I also read daily readings, Bible studies, and yes, your books in this favorite place. The books I use are on a small table where they are readily available. I truly feel the Holy Spirit’s presence. The other place when it’s nice out is my screened in patio. I do the same; pray, write prayers and study Scripture. I have woods in back of my house so I get to see the breeze swaying the trees and feel God’s beauty all around. These times are when I find the peace that only the Lord can give. It’s when I talk, He listens, and then I listen. Psalm 5:11 says: But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.”

  4. Rhea Wyatt May 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Perfect blog for myself and my Sisters in Christ that have been in some rough days this year. Letting Holy Spirit God comfort you, talk to you, and guide you in life is hard but worth the ride. As my family has had some of the darkest days this year imaginable, the place we are now is only by the Grace of God!! To Him be all the Glory. When I would cry out to Him in prayer and petition he would hold me. He spoke to my soul the words “I got this”. What a Daddy we have!!!! I just know that those dark days were so difficult and to be honest don’t really want to ever go back there, the light from all of that is My Father…YOUR Father was right there to rescue me, hold me, and love me. I just had to cry out to him and get alone with him. Perfect message…thank you.

  5. Mona May 14, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    I feel like this message was meant for me.It reached me as I nearly hit the rock bottom.I have a sister who yesterday promised to loan me some money today as she was going to the bank to make a withdrawal for me.I relaxed and didn’t try other avenues as i was expecting her and i urgently needed the money.Thirty minutes ago she sent me a message saying that she was sorry,she didn’t have money and she was afraid of telling me that she had used up the money she received recently after selling her site.Most of the time she is dependent on me,she doesn’t want to look for a job hencewhy she decided to sell her site. She got a lot of money which is unbelievable that it could be expended within two weeks time.This hurt me a lot as i know that she will expect me to maintain her and i haven’t seen any tangible evidence that she had spent the money.
    The story reminded me that there is someone to turn to,a councillor,an advocate and a great physician and i turned to HIM and HE reminded me that HE will never leave me or forsake me.I now feel on top.Amen!!!

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