David was released by the Philistine king and sent home. He no longer was put in a position to fight Israel. So when he came to his city, He was met with the tragedy. of finding that the Amalekites raided the city, burned it and stole all of David and His men’s families and possessions. It was clearly adding Insult to injury. David’s men had been extremely loyal in their following of the king, but to have their families taken while they were at a battle from which they were sent away; well that was too much. As they gathered they began to talk of stoning David–after all he got them and their families in this mess.
David did what only David knew to do, He sought the Lord. He had the priest come and David went straight to God. He asked the right questions–Can we overtake these heathen? God gave him the best answer that only God could–Yes, son, you will overtake them and you will rescue all that you have lost. David’s kingdom and life were based upon his trust in God. God delivered him from so many near-death experiences, that David lost count. So once again he proceeded to the throne of God for direction and direction he did receive.
We have to return to God in our difficult days. No matter the stress, no matter the cause God is still the solution to our life issues. If we will seek him first; If we will follow him daily, then He will lead us through our trials and restore what our enemies try to take. It is never easy. but God is always faithful. Sometimes the hardest thing we face is the reality that it is time to approach God and seek His leadership. The great news is that God ALWAYS welcomes our inquiries. He is never too busy to listen and move in our lives. Thanks, Lord for always being available and hearing our prayers!
God Bless You
David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, 2 and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.
3 When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. 5 David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him, 8 and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?”
“Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”