God will take care of you
David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. – 1 Samuel 30:18
Has anything been taken away from you and you are still hoping that one day you will get it back? Are you at the “sea of hope” and look at the horizon and pray for a joyful reunion? Are you constantly pondering why opportunities for your upward mobility were always denied? Speak the truth, because if you truly believe that whatever was lost will be found, then today is your day, for the wheel of joy is turning in your direction.
When I turned 50, my brother Nat put the financial whip on my siblings and presented me with a ring with a pearl and five diamonds – they all know that I am a lover of pearls. I shared with a cleaner the joy of having this ring and told her it was very expensive. Every now and then I wonder where that ring went.
Our text today records a very interesting event that leads to other exciting events. King David and his men arrived back at Ziklag only to find that the Amalekites had raided southern Judah and attacked Ziklag. They had burned down the town and had captured all the women, yet they did not kill anyone, but had taken everyone with them when they left.
When David and his men arrived, they found that the town had been burned down and that their wives, sons and daughters had been carried away. David and his men started crying and did not stop until they were completely exhausted. Even David’s two wives, Ahinoam and Abigail, had been taken away.
David was now in serious trouble because his men were all very bitter about losing their children, and they were threatening to stone him, but the Lord God gave him courage. He sought advice from the priest Abiathar if he should pursue the enemy and the priest told him to go and he would catch them and rescue the captives.
David took six hundred men with him but when they got to the Brook Besor, 200 had become weary and faint from the journey, so David left them there. As they continued on the journey, they found by the wayside a young man in need of care. The men brought him to David and gave him food, water, dried figs, and two bunches of raisins, for he had not eaten for three days. After he had eaten his strength returned and David asked, “Who is your master and where are you from?” “I am an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite. My master left me behind three days ago because I became sick. We had raided the territory of the Cherethites in the southern part of Judah and the territory of the clan of Caleb, and we burned down Ziklag.”
David asked the young man if he would lead him to the raiders and the young man said to David “Promise me in God’s name that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master.” David assured him that he would not and the Egyptian took David to the place.
It so happened that David found the raiders scattered all over the place eating, drinking and celebrating because of the enormous amount of loot they had captured from Philistia and Judah. At the break of dawn the next day, David attacked them until the evening except for 400 young men who mounted camels and escaped. The carnage was great.
David rescued everyone and everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives; nothing at all was missing; all his men’s sons and daughters and all the loot the Amalekites had taken. He also recovered all the flocks and herds and his men drove all the livestock in front of them and said “This belongs to David.” David recovered all that the enemy had taken from him and another country.
David went back to the 200 weak men he left at the Brook Besor. They came forward to meet David and his men and David greeted them warmly. However, some of the 400 were mean and worthless and told David that they didn’t go with them and give them any of the loot and to just let them take their wives and children and go their way.
But David answered, “My brothers, you can’t do this with what the Lord has given us. He kept us safe and gave us victory over the raiders. No one can agree with what you say. All must share alike; whoever stays behind with the supplies gets the same share as the ones who goes into battle.” David put this into law and this is continued until today.
What a story! The enemy may win the war but lose the battle. The ways of God are mysterious and yet mischievous. Many times, when you see how the Lord works, you have to burst out laughing. Today, let it be known that you will never recover all if you do not intend to forgive all that did not give you your due. At the end of the day, do not dismay whatever befalls you, God will take care of you.