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Tuesday, September 11th, '18

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FROM SETBACK TO TAKE BACK

"And David recovered all..." (1 Samuel 30:18)

 

The setting was David's temporary post, Ziklag. He and his army had fought hard against the Philistines and returning home tired and worn with wounds needing tending only to find Ziklag burned to the ground. "So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters were taken captives" (vs 3). That is a major SETBACK. The scene is replicated in our day as divorce, bankruptcy, hospitalization or countless other ills burn dreams to the ground. All people suffer losses. It is only when loss becomes boss that a setback becomes a STEP BACK. The enemy's strategy is to tilt us off course. Someone said life is two steps forward and one step back, and at that pace we will advance, but who said we ever had to forfeit progress? "Now the just shall live by faith, but if any man draw back my soul shall have no pleasure in him" (Hebrews 10:38). David's soldiers caved under the fears and "spoke of stoning him" (vs 6). One minute he was their brave commander in chief, the next he was their punching bag. The setback can cause a step back. And many that shift into reverse never find a forward gear again. They just grind the gears (or is that grind the years?) bemoaning the bad break life served them.

 

But David wouldn't accept defeat. He "was greatly distressed", for he felt the same loss as his soldiers, his two wives having been captured, but to add insult to injury, mutiny was stirring among the men, yet "David encouraged himself in the Lord his God" (vs 6). Read that last line again. It is one of the great statements in the Word of God. When no one else offers an encouraging word, you have to take yourself by the lapels and encourage yourself "in the Lord". Instead of taking a step back David made a COMEBACK. All the "greats" in sports, business and ministry excelled in fourth quarter drives. "For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again..." (Proverbs 24:16) God "restored Job's losses" when he prayed for his critic/friends (Job 42:10 NKJV). The three Hebrew boys were cast into the fiery furnace but they wouldn't bow, burn or budge because they encouraged themselves in the Lord. Likewise, David laughed in the face of circumstance. In verse seven he dressed in a priest's ephod and inquired of the Lord, "Shall I pursue after this troop?" and the Lord answered, "Pursue!" (vs 8) In other words, go after it! Don't take no for an answer.

 

So "David pursued, he and four hundred men..." (vs 10) Peeping over a hilltop they spied the Amalekites, "spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking and dancing..." Those were David and his men's wives they were dancing with. Ziklag burned but not near as hot as their pride burned. "And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them..." (vs 17) It requires vigilance to move from comeback to TAKE BACK. That called for second wind. Sometimes every inner reserve has to be drawn upon. David and his men were outnumbered but they were not outweighed or outclassed for they had a drive earned on the battlefield and burned on the heart. The words of our text write the grand finale of the story, "And there was nothing lacking to them...David recovered all". What comes in like a lion often is reduced to no more than a lamb. The setback can turn into a take back, that is, if you are willing to face it head-on. Conductors have to face the music. Captains have to face the storm. Believers have to face the circumstance. But no one can keep captive what belongs to you if you accost the thief and demand he pay up. The smoke of Ziklag may choke your nostrils right now but tomorrow the wind will drive the darkness away and you will be able to see more clearly. Then it will be time to muster forces and pursue and I'm confident you too will recover everything that has been robbed from you.


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