David’s Recovery from the Amalekites

1 Sam 30:1-31

When David and his men returned to Ziklag after being dispatched by Achish, the found out that the Amalekites had invaded the land and burnt it with fire. They had also captured all their wives and children and all they had. This brought about great pain and sorrow for David and his men, as they wept all day long. It got worse to the point that David’s men were angry with him, and almost stoned him, but David encouraged himself in the Lord.

He called Abiathar the priest and inquired of the Lord if he should pursue after the Amalekites, and whether he would overtake them and recover all they had stolen, the Lord answered him yes. Here we see again David’s dependency on God, even when all around him was crumbling, in the face of great sorrow and deeply felt rejection from his own men.

So David and some of the men went to pursue after the Amalekites, with the remaining two hundred waiting behind as they were to tired to go. God answered David’s prayer using an Egyptian slave they found on the way. The young man had been abandoned by his Amalekite master because he was too sick to continue the journey. David asked that they should feed him and help him regain his strength, and in return he showed them where the Amalekites camped. So David and his men fought with Amalekites from that evening till the next, and slaughtered them with a great slaughter. They eventually recovered all that the Amalekites stole – wife, schildren, animals, and even much more of the loots of the Amalekites.

God helped David again, restored the confidence his people had in his leadership, provided for him and his men, and made his wax stronger and stronger in influence. When leadership gets lonely, you can still  call on and depend on God, he has the answers when everything else fails. Trust him!.

Some verses to remember

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.

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.

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