And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;
And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.
So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.
Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
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 his God.
And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.
And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.
But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.
– 1 Samuel 30:1-10
We sometimes come to a point in our lives at which it appears that we have lost everything and there is no other direction to turn. David came to that point and his ordeal was recorded in our passage today; “…The Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive” (1 Samuel 30:1-2).
At such critical moments, the tendency is to act on the spur of the moment, which often leads to irrational moves that compound the issues. David was wiser. After weeping and pouring out his emotions, he went to God in prayer and sought direction on what next to do. “So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all” (1 Samuel 30:8). Acting on God’s guidance, David pursued and overtook the Amalekites and recovered all that was taken away from him.
Learn from David that in the face of trouble, you have to be calm; and you have to seek God’s counsel before you act. Once you get the clearance from heaven, be assured that you too will pursue, overtake and recover all that has been taken from you.
- Identify things you must arise and recover and present them before God.
- Ask for wisdom and strategies you must apply to recover them.
CONFESSION: The Lord is my strength and shield. He fights my battles and my victory is assured.