When You Need Support to Bear 3,000 Problems

Got 3,000 problems? David did and when it was all said and done he could testify that God was his support. God is your support, too.

Where do you run for support when problems come? Technology makes garnering sympathy from friends immediate. I confess, one of my first thoughts is, Which friend can I text for some prayer cover? Sometimes, I don’t look for God’s support until the weight of too many problems become unbearable. I need to run to Him first!

My family is dealing with a stack of unwanted problems right now. Knowing they won’t resolve themselves unless someone works on them, I tend to roll up my sleeves and attempt to fix them all. It’s easy to focus on those problems entirely instead of relying on God.

David’s Support

They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. Psalm 18:18 ESV

David testified of God being His support. He penned it on the day God delivered him from when King Saul chased him with murderous rage. Saul commanded 3,000 troops to search for David (1 Samuel 24:2). Can you imagine 3,000 enemies chasing you? Because God said you are going to be king? He probably wished for more comfortable living in the palace where he had tasty food, a more accommodating bed, and peaceful days.

When David and his men were hiding in the same cave Saul went to relieve himself, his men whispered to take his chance—kill Saul on the spot. He had ample opportunity to kill him but he didn’t; instead, he cut a piece off Saul’s hem. His guilty conscience reproached him. David honored the king’s position of authority even when Saul wasn’t acting worthy of it. When Saul left the cave, David and his men followed him.

In the presence of all, David showed Saul honor and proof that he spared his life. Saul responded in tears, overcome with David’s kindness, and made a dramatic about-face before returning home:

And now I realize that you are surely going to be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will flourish under your rule. (1 Samuel 24:20 NLT)

In verse 15 of the same chapter, David said his deliverer is God. That’s why when it was all said and done he could testify that God was his support (Psalm 18:18).

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Was that the end of David’s problems? No, he still needed to go through some difficult experiences before God said it was time for him to be king. But what a testimony!

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  1. Robinality says:

    I read a while ago, I believe it was from Joyce Meyer, do you run to the phone or do you run to the throne? These words made such an impact on me. Of course, we can change phone to FB, twitter, or Instagram. What’s important, who do I trust with my pain, hurt, frustration? I trust God. He will determine who I need to speak to for accountability or counseling, if anyone. He will place the person on my heart or in front of me. I only need to trust! Have a blessed week with your event!

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Exactly. That trusting can be difficult sometimes. But He is in charge whether it appears that way or not. Thanks, Robin!

  2. “I’m tempted to change from seeking Him for wisdom and pouring out my heart, to complaining and blame shifting.” It’s so easy to make that mental shift without skipping a beat, isn’t it, Kelly? His promises are full of hope and life, aren’t they? Thanks for the reminder to keep them in perspective. Hope your time away next week is great. ((hug))

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Yes, and I love that His promises never fail! Thanks Brenda, I’m looking forward to it. Many blessings to you!

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Thanks, my friend! Hope your week is going well!

  3. I love how God’s Word reveals the ways we can find hope, flourish when we are in trials, and be restored as we rest in His wisdom goodness and grace. I confess, I sometimes wait to pour out my burden to the Lord and hold on to it a little while … being a fixer as well…and then often bring Him the issue long after I have muddled it up on my own. I am learning, though, that simply waiting in Him is one of the most powerful and faith building actions I can do.

    Great post. Thanks for sharing with the #GraceMoments Community Link Up.


    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Hi, Dawn! Yes, I love digging into His Word and finding truth. It’s the trust part that gets me. Just another time to say not my will but yours be done.

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