Ziklag: Worn Out by Obedience | 1 Samuel 25:12-13 | Devotional
1 Samuel 25:12-13 David's men turned around and went back. When they arrived, they reported every word. David said to his men, "Put on your swords!" So they put on their swords, and David put on his. About four hundred men went up with David, while two hundred stayed with the supplies.
Have you ever over-reacted? Blown-up? Experienced an emotional explosion? You were hanging in and hanging tough through a difficult time, but then something happened…the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back…and you let loose. That’s what happened to David in today’s passage.
After Samuel’s death, David and his rag-tag army moved to the Desert of Moan. A wealthy man named Nabal, lived in the area and David sent a few of his men to request some food. When Nabal refused, David blew! He sent 400 armed soldiers to kill Nabal and his shepherds. Talk about killing a gnat with a sledgehammer. Thankfully, Nabal’s wife intervened and stopped the massacre.
During the journey of life, each of us spends some time on the emotional edge. We cannot escape situations of fatigue, disappointment, and stress. These are dangerous times. Reactions (and over-reactions) here can cause collateral damage. But our trust in God, even in the heat of pressure cooker situations, makes all the difference. You can trust him and depend on him…even in the midst of the heat.
Father, some reading this today are going through very difficult times. Life presents challenges from without and within. In the midst of the heat, cool them with your calm. In Jesus’ name. Amen.