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The Journey - Mar. 21, 2012

  • 2012 Mar 21

The Journey with Ron Moore

Ignite! | 1 Samuel 30:7-20 | Devotional

1 Samuel 30:7-20 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, "Bring me the ephod." Abiathar brought it to him, 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 and the six hundred men with him came to the Besor Ravine, where some stayed behind,for two hundred men were too exhausted to cross the ravine. But David and four hundred men continued the pursuit. They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat--part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. He ate and was revived, for he had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights. David asked him, "To whom do you belong, and where do you come from?" He said, "I am an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite. My master abandoned me when I became ill three days ago. We raided the Negev of the Kerethites and the territory belonging to Judah and the Negev of Caleb. And we burned Ziklag." David asked him, "Can you lead me down to this raiding party?" He answered, "Swear to me before God that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master, and I will take you down to them." He led David down, and there they were, scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and reveling because of the great amount of plunder they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from Judah. David fought them from dusk until the evening of the next day, and none of them got away, except four hundred young men who rode off on camels and fled. David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back. He took all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock, saying, "This is David's plunder."

An ignited heart with a burning passion to follow hard after God is a life of action!

Certainly there are times when we must be on our knees. Certainly there are times when we must retreat to seek God’s direction. Certainly there are times when we must withdraw to be re-filled with God’s encouragement. But we can’t stay on our knees, in retreat, or withdrawn. The Christian life is a life of action.

In 1 Samuel 30:6, David finds himself between a rock and a hard place. His home burned, his family taken captive, and his men ready to stone him. Certainly, not his dream day. So David withdrew and found strength in the Lord. And full of God’s emotional, physical, and spiritual strength, David returned to take action. Read about his action in today’s passage. He first gets the green light from God, and then he is off to recover his family and the families of his men. And nothing stopped him! David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken….

There are three critical steps in this passage. First, find your strength in God. On your own you will fail. Second, pray for God’s direction. Setting your own course is both futile and foolish. Third, take action. This may sound “unspiritual” to some, but there are times when you don’t need to pray another prayer. Get up in God’s strength, follow hard after God’s direction, and get it done.

An ignited heart with a burning passion to follow hard after God is a life of action!

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