We saw yesterday that David and his men had been told to return to Ziklag at the order of the Philistine commanders who were heading to Jezreel. He submitted to the authority of Achish and returned. We know David was confused at what he and his men had done to be sent back and no doubt felt some sense of being rejected.
Rejection in life comes in a whole range of guises. It can leave us feeling worthless, undervalued, less confident and without purpose. We struggle to be strong in the midst of such trials. As David arrives at Ziglag he finds an awful scene
1David 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.”
David finds his family kidnapped, his men begin to rebel against him, but… He finds gresst distress, weeping, faithful followers with little strength. One of those moments where you think how am I going to get through this?
BUT DAVID FOUND STRENGTH IN THE LORD
That is my prayer for you in whatever your life holds at the moment. That you might find strength in the Lord. We saw how Saul inquired of the Lord and didn’t get an answer, we saw how he went looking for answers elsewhere.
Here we see the provision of God upon David in the midst of trial. He seeks God, hears God and then acts upon God’s word.