find your strength

But David found strength in the Lord his God 1 Samuel 30.6

But David encouraged himself in the lord his God‘ is how the Authorised Version puts is. He certainly needed strength and encouragement. Inwardly he must have sensed that his involvement with Achish and the Philistines had been despicable. Now he was confronted with devastating circumstances: ‘When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive‘ (30.3). When he finished weeping with sheer exhaustion, he faced the antagonism of bitter men.
Where can a man find encouragement in such circumstances? He can find it in ‘the Lord his God‘. The believer is never without hope, because he is never without God. ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble‘ (Ps.46.1), and nothing in all Creation ‘will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord‘ (Rom. 8.35-39).
The encouragement which God gives is found in guidance, which we receive as we turn to him: ‘and David enquired of the Lord‘. It is found, too, in the Lord’s gracious overruling of circumstances, so that in the end things are not as bad as we imagined: ‘Nothing was missing… David brought everything back‘ (30.19).


but the lord forbid that i should lay a hand on the lord’s anointed

But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed” – 1 Samuel 26.11

There is a breathless excitement about this incident in which David and Abishai creep up on the sleeping Saul. We hear Abishai’s whispeder words, ‘Today God has given your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin hin to the ground’ (26.8). But David forbids him and spares Saul, as he has done once before.
David exhibits respect for a divine office, even though the incumbent is unworthy of it. Saul, despite all his failure, is ‘the Lord’s anointed’ and David will not lay his hands upon him. ‘I magnify mine office,’ says the apostle Paul. We should also respect our leaders, even if some of them fall short of fulfilling their tasks.
David refuses to take things into his own hands as far as his future high calling is concerned. He knows he is destined to be king, and it would be easy to acquiesce in Abishai’s suggestions. But David is determined to keep his hands clean, humbling himself under God’s mighty hand, knowing that ‘in due time’ he will be exhalted.
David is ready to wait for God. In the ways of God ‘destiny is stronger than intrigue’. When God is choosing our inheritance for us, it is surely unthinkable to stoop to unworthy actions in order to hurry his hand.


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The word of God stands forever!

Are you feeling fed up? Had enough? Ready to throw the towel in and quit? Sick of not being appreciated, wanted or valued? Thinking of ‘sacking off’ school, college, uni, friends or family because you just can’t take anymore?

Listen, hang in there!

Don’t get tired of doing what’s good… at just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. There are no short cuts with God so we can miss out on so much great God stuff – just because we give up too early.

A man named William Wilberforce had been pushing the British Parliament to abolish the slave trade. He was about to give up when his friend John Wesley heard of his campaign, and from his deathbed Wesley wrote to Wilberforce,

” Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and of devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all the them stronger than God? O be not weary in well doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of His might, till even American slavery shall vanish away before it.”

Wesley dies six days later. Wilberforce fought for 42 more years. Three days before his own death, slavery was abolished in Great Britain. Eventually it was abolished in America too.

Hang in there – what God has in store for you in worth any price you have to pay!


Am I Really a Christ Follower?

Am I Really a Christ Follower?

 Every so often God will bring me to a place where I will ask myself “Am I really following Christ?” It’s not a matter of doubt, it’s a matter of making sure I am following Him as He desires. It’s a matter of asking God to show me where I have allowed the flesh or worldly thinking to much room in my life and heart. It’s asking God to show me those areas that I still believe lies and allowing Him to speak truth. While this is something I try to ask God daily to reveal to my heart, there are times when I allow myself to really sit before God, go to the scriptures and ask myself some really tough questions. Questions like those that need to be asked according to Phil 2:1-18

  • Is my mind one with that of Christ?
  • Am I united in spirit intent on one purpose with the Spirit of God?
  • Am I doing things out of selfishness?
  • Am I humble?
  • Do I look out for the interest of others?
  • Do I do all things without grumbling or disputing?
  • Am I holding fast to truth?
  • Is my life a sacrifice of service, being poured out for others?

Tough questions I know, but we’ve just begun… As I study 1 John it becomes even more evident to me that if we abide (remain, continually endure) in Christ then we will

  • Walk in the manner that Jesus walked
  • Be strong and overcome the evil one
  • Not be deceived for we will know truth
  • Practice righteousness
  • Not continue to sin (a life style or continual sin)
  • Love those born of God Keep His commandments
  • Have the spirit of God living in us
  • Abide in love
  • Not walk in darkness, but light
  • Keep His word
  • Not love the things of the world
  • Have victory over the world

    As I look over this list, which by no means is exhaustive,I must ask myself if these are evident in my life. If they aren’t then am I even a believer?If I am not striving to walk as Jesus walked, to overcome the evil one, to practice righteousness or keep His commandments then am I really following Him?

The church (universally) so often makes the way so broad that we now have people believing they are saved, because they prayed a pray and yet there isn’t a change in life style? One who follows Christ will desire to imitate His life. This is what I ask God to reveal in me – Am I imitating Christ, the Christ of the Bible.

There is a cost to following Christ. Yes salvation IS free to all, but to take up our cross daily to follow Christ is costly. Many gone overboard on trying to make the gospel of Jesus appealing that we preach love and grace but have forgotten the cost of following Jesus? Do we preach/teach that if you are not obeying God’s commands, if we are pursuing the things of the world, if we continue a lifestyle of sin then we just might want to sit before God and question if we are really following Jesus – the Jesus of the Bible.

I challenge you to sit before God and ask Him to reveal to you those areas that might not be pleasing to Him. Those areas where you are not following after the truth of Christ.



Lord, please make my own life into a pointer towards you – but please don’t let me realise you are doing it, in case I am tempted to turn the sign post back towards myself.


Quiet Spaces

Exploring prayer & spirituality
January 2018
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Be thou a bright flame before me,
Be thou a guiding star above me,
Be thou a smooth path beneath me,
Be thou a kindly shepherd behind me,
Today and Evermore.

Welcome to quiet spaces.

I hope you will find much of interest in the pages that follow. “The Journey” is a very rich theme for Christian spirituality and has been explored in a wide variety of different ways.

What does the journey mean to you?

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I hope this blog will provide food for the journey and good company along the way.