"So David and his men came to (Ziklag), and behold, it was burned, and their wives and sons and daughters were taken captive. Then David and the men with him lifted up their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David's two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail, the widow of Nabal the Carmelite. David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters."
I Samuel 30: 3-6, Amplified Bible
"Trouble In Ziklag"
"You can never go wrong when you choose to obey Christ."
Have I ever found myself mired in Ziklag because of my own waywardness?
What trouble have I gotten myself into, knowing that my own mistakes, were the cause of my difficulties?
"When God gives a command or a vision of truth, it is never a question of what He will do, but what we will do."
"It is much safer to obey, than to govern."
Thomas à Kempis
David was in charge. He was the boss. In his eyes, being deceptive with the enemy was not just a good idea, it was a terrific one. So off he went, killing his enemies one by one. But evidently, as we found out yesterday, David didn't kill every talking mouth, for while the Philistines went off to fight Israel; and while David was out of Ziklag trying to untangle himself from the mess he had gotten into with Achish the Philistine, what was left of the Amalekites raided Ziklag and burned the city with fire.
What's more, both of David's wives, Abigail and Ahinoam were carried off along with the families of all the men who had followed David. As David's army sized up the situation, there was only one person to blame and it was David. In fact, David's men were so angry they threatened to stone him.
Talk about a plan that blew-up in David's face. This was it! Because of his deception to Achish the Philistine, David was almost dragged into battle against the Israelites, his own people. Thankfully, God rescued him from a mess he had created for himself. But once David and his men reached home, they were in for even worse news.
Their homes were burned and their families were gone. All a result of cavorting with the enemies of God. David decided not to trust God to take care of him during a time of severe emergency. He had not chosen to walk the path of obedience. Instead, he thought he could solve his problems himself.
I love the words of one of my favorite old-time preachers, C. H. Spurgeon, who said, "Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He (she) that obeys God, trusts God; and he (she) that trusts God, obeys God." This was a lesson which David needed to learn in Ziklag. He didn't trust God, so he didn't obey God. And the consequence impacted the lives of his wives and the families of all the men who had followed him.
Backed up against a wall David found himself with nowhere to turn except to his heavenly Father. And how thankful I am that, when like David, my disobedience has caused disaster in my own life, the grace of our heavenly Father is never withheld from us. Our Father comes to our aid even when we don't deserve it. He gives us the help we need even when we least merit His favor. As Robert Murray M'Cheyne penned:
"When I stand before the throne,
Dressed in beauty not my own,
When I see Thee as Thou art,
Love Thee with unsinning heart.
Then, Lord, shall I fully know,
Not till then, how much I owe."
This was the grace that David received when he tread off God's path and ended up in trouble in Ziklag.
"Oh, to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be!
Let that grace, Lord, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee,
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Take my heart, Oh, take and seal it,
Seal it from Thy courts above."
"Holy and eternal God, give us such trust in Your sure purpose, that we measure our lives not by what we have done or failed to do, but by our faithfulness to You.
A New Zealand Prayer Book
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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