Andy Hollifield 5-8-18
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Philippians 4:7-8 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
A lot of times in our lives when we get down and out, it isn’t a spiritual problem at all. It can be caused by discouraging events or sometimes even by the words or actions of others. But really, when you get right down to what causes our down condition, it is because we haven’t got our mind right. It is easy to let things of this nature get you in a condition to where you are spiritually useless to the Lord. When we do that, the blame lies with no one but us. The biggest problems we have usually start between our ears. There may be contributing circumstances but it always how you process stuff in your mind that determines your attitude as well as your actions.
David found himself in that very position in 1 Samuel 30 when he and his army returned home to Ziklag to find their city burned and their families taken captive by the Amalekites. Verse 4 of that chapter says, “Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.” That is completely understandable considering the circumstances they were in. If you have a heart, you would also cry till you couldn’t cry anymore, anybody would. David’s two wives had also been taken so it wasn’t like he hadn’t suffered loss. Can you imagine how he must have felt knowing that because these men had followed him to battle, they had lost everything that meant anything to them? That would have had to have been a great burden in his mind knowing that it was his fault that his men weren’t there to defend the city and their families. To make matters even worse, they had been gone for nothing. They had went down to go with Achish and the Philistines to fight again Saul in chapter 29. The problem was that since David had previously been a servant to Saul in the palace, a lot of the Philistines didn’t trust him. Achish therefore had to send David and his army back to Ziklag to appease his own army. So now, not only had David and his men not had the opportunity to fight, but they returned home to find everything they loved gone. On top of David’s personal loss and the great weight of responsibility he must have felt for his men and their families and their city; now his men spake of stoning him.
Now we get down to verse 6. It says, “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord.” It is never easy to have to encourage yourself, but sometimes you find yourself in a situation like David was and there is no one to encourage you. I can’t stress enough the condition David was in. The bible said he “was greatly distressed.” In verse 30, none of his situation had changed except that it kept getting worse. At a time when there was no reason to be encouraged, David encouraged himself.
Once David got his mind right, he called for the priest to bring the ephod and in verse 8, he “enquired at the Lord.” Even though nothing had changed, when he got his mind right he knew that the first thing he needed to do was pray. If you have read the 30th chapter you know that God told David to pursue after the Amalekites and he would “surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” Let me stop long enough to tell you that you don’t lose by serving the Lord. At some point you always come out ahead.
Now to get down to business. You may be right there where David was. You may have seen what you thought was going to be, go up in smoke. God’s plan may have been different from yours and you can’t understand why he has allowed things to go the way they have. You may be in a place where you have done everything you know to do and tried to follow the Lord and still it blew up in your face. Multitudes of people throughout history have got to that place and decided it was time to give up on God. That is the biggest mistake that you will ever make because God has never given up on you. It is in those times of distress that you have to get your mind right and pray. Even when you can’t see the need to and even when you are mad at the Lord, you have to remember Romans 8:28 where it says that God is working everything in your life, good and bad alike, for your good according to his purpose. I wonder how many people have quit on God when, had they only prayed, he would have told them to pursue and they would without fail recover all. And yes, we might as well admit it, we do sometimes get mad at God because he don’t do things the way we think he should. Job preached one meeting and 120,000 people repented in sackcloth and ashes and he still got mad at God and told him he was. If a man that great can get mad at God after preaching a meeting like that, I am sure that we all can do it too. Not everything God has ever done in my life has been to my liking. When loved ones pass away or babies suffer and even die, or have to live with disabilities, I have to get my mind right enough to pray because I still can’t understand those things and God isn’t obligated to explain himself to me.
So if this is you and you are in your Ziklag; get your mind right and pray. “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). If you will pray and think on all of those things mentioned in Philippians 4, then the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Shall keep, not might but shall keep your hearts and minds. Peace, when you shouldn’t be able to have peace. It will keep your heart and mind. You must get your mind right. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 5-8-18