Ignite! | 1 Samuel 30:1-6 | Devotional
1 Samuel 30:1-6 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, and had taken captive the women and all who were in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way. When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David's two wives had been captured-- Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 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.
David’s rise to power was a rocky one. There was one tough stretch after another. But few were as difficult as the one you have read today. David and his men had been on the run from Saul. Actually they had hidden themselves within an ally army until the commanders decided their services were no longer needed. Their hearts must have stopped when the reached the crest of the hill leading to their homes and saw the smoke. They broke into a sprint expecting, no doubt, to find the bodies of their wives, sons, and daughters. But none were found. They had been taken them captive. They couldn’t bear to think about what their wives and daughters must be going through in the hands of a brutal enemy. Their emotions overtook them. David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. And then, for David, things went from bad to worse.
It is in our nature to blame others when things turn south. David’s men blamed him. David should have left some of the men to protect our families! David should not have kept us away so long! David should have had the discernment to realize the vulnerability of our families! David is not worthy to be our leader! In fact, he isn’t even worthy to live. Let’s stone him!
Broken, grieving, rejected, and fearing for his life, David had only one place to turn. And God met him there. He always does. The circumstances did not change. The men were still angry. The families were still in captivity. But in the midst of the storm David found the strength and encouragement in God alone.
Maybe today you are in a Ziklag spot. Perhaps the circumstances of life dropped you there. Or perhaps, you are in a Ziklag spot due to your own mistakes. There is only One who can give you the strength you need. Turn to Him. He will meet you wherever you are.