1 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;1 Samuel 30: 1-6
2 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.
3 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.
4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
5 And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
6 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.
There is a simple acronym that comes to mind when reading this account from 1 Samuel: PRAY!
P. Protect what you have
R. Recover all that the devil stole
A. Advance the Kingdom of God
Y. Because it is Yours
In this passage, God was teaching a lesson to David on how to be King over Israel, but He is also teaching all of us a valuable lesson on how to rule as children of the Kingdom. Before David could be an effective ruler over Israel, he had to learn how to protect his investments or (what God had already given him). Too often we try to advance God’s cause without properly protecting our anointing, our heart, our families and our possessions. God has given you stewardship over what you currently have and wants to see how you handle it.
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your lord.Matthew 25:23
In ancient warfare, when a King goes out to battle, he never sends all of his resources out of the city to advance his kingdom. He always leaves skilled fighters behind so that the enemy doesn’t overthrow him. If the enemy knows that you are leaving town without protecting the fortified city, he would just simply wait for you to leave and go in and plunder without any resistance. This was a hard lesson for David to learn, but I am sure that it is one that he never forgot. He never again left what God gave him unprotected during his reign as King. Often people try to save the world without regard to their own families. It’s easy to get side-tracked in trying to do too much outside of your house. Make sure your house is in order before you try and save someone else.
8 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.1 Samuel 30:8-10
9 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.
10 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.
David encouraged himself enough to ask God what to do. God may allow you to lose a battle here and there, but if you stick with Him, you won’t lose the war. In Christ, the battle has already been fought. God has given us complete victory over the enemy (the defeated Satan). Our job is to renew our minds so that we begin to think like God thinks. God wants us to recover all that was lost. Jesus came to establish the Kingdom of God, and to recover all that was lost. If God told us to recover all, then we ought to have the mindset to do just that and nothing less.
Next week we will continue to explore this passage, and learn what it means to recover all that the enemy has stolen.