September 11th, '18
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message by Kris Jackson
SETBACK TO TAKE BACK
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.