1 Samuel 30:19 – And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all.
I love the account of David at Ziklag! For those who are not familiar with this record of David and his men I encourage you to go and read it in its entirety. But for brevity’s sake I will summarize it.
David and his men went out to battle. While they were gone from the camp, the Amalekites showed up and took everything and every body from his camp. When he returned to camp and saw what had happened he was distressed; and to make matters worst, his men wanted to stone him. He inquired of the Lord if he should pursue the Amalekites and God told him to go, for he would recover all. This verse let us know that he did indeed recover all.
As I was sitting here thinking about a blog for this week, I remembered a testimony my friend shared at church and thought that I would share it here:
My friend lived in a nice home in a changing neighborhood. As a single woman she was concerned about this and was careful to leave everything locked up. However, on this particular night she shared that she had left her garage door open one night during the week. When she returned home she saw a van in the alley and some guys with a bike. As she approached, she realized that they were coming from her garage with her bike.
She jumped out of her SUV that she left running, and said to the guys, “Is that my bike?” Of course, they denied it. She continued to tell them that it was her bike and they were to put it back where they got it from. Lo and behold, they put the bike back, jumped in their van, and rode off!
Now! She is not a tall woman! She did not pretend to have a weapon with her! She was alone and she put herself in a vulnerable position by getting out of her vehicle and leaving it running in an alley with a couple of thieves. When she shared this she told it with all of the attitude that she had used that night! We laughed until tears fell down our cheeks, because we could see it, and yet it was a bold thing for her to do! I still chuckle when I think of it. But we also rejoiced with her, because she took a stand against her enemy and prevailed!
I told her it would be used in a sermon one day, but I wanted to share it in today in my blog.
When I think of her confronting those thieves, I think of how we are to confront the devil when he tries to steal from us. Whether it is our finances, our health, our children, our marriage, our jobs, or our peace, we need to demand that he put it back!!!! Jesus told us in John 10:10 that he is a thief. Every time he shows up, he’s come to steal from us, kill something in our lives, or destroy something or us! He is relentless and he is bold!
It never occurred to her that they could attack her and take her vehicle. It wasn’t until she was in her house that she even felt nerves over standing up to them. But a righteous indignation came over her, and she didn’t idly sit by and let them take her property.
Too many times we do just that! We just sit back and let the devil do whatever he wants to do to us. He wants to give us cancer, we accept it! If he wants to break up our marriage, we allow it! If he wants to keep us in poverty, we don’t resist it!
But I think it is high time to say to the devil, “Is that my stuff?” Is that my health? Is that my baby? Give it back!! And when we stand in our God given authority that Jesus accessed for us, I want you to know that the devil will act just like the thieves did, he will return it and flee!
What if he has already taken off with it? What if you currently are dealing with loss because of what he has done? What should do? Pursue him, for you shall recover all!! Wonderful Jesus!!