I believe most of us have had days that seemed to drag on with one bad circumstance after another pelting you. You might have even felt like you have some invisible bull’s eye on your back that everyone else can see but you. Whether your day started out getting laid off at work and then on the way home you run out of gas to finally arrive to your house to find that the air-conditioning system is not working. That, my friend, is a day onto which you could pin the phrase: “The hits just keep on coming.”
I imagine we all have a story we could tell about some day that goes down in our history as one of those days. The question is, can we prevent it or not?
In 1 Samuel 30:1-26, we see David and his 600 mighty warriors coming back from battle. I am sure they’re looking forward for some downtime to heal their wounds and bodies from extreme exhaustion, as well as connecting to their families. Maybe they had some near misses in battle or even been in the clutches of death, but now they’re headed to there home sweet home in Ziglag.
Somewhere along the path home they might have noticed a small trickle of smoke quietly lifting in the blue sky. Maybe there was joking amongst themselves on whose wife was burning dinner or whose barn had just caught on fire.
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But tragically the fun jabbing became a nightmare as they got close enough to see the magnitude of the circumstances. The Amalekites had invaded their hometown, burning it and taking their wives and children captive.
This enemy that David had fought against some time back (1 Samuel 27:9), where he hadn’t taken any captives had now returned and brought havoc to Ziklag. I can’t even imagine the thoughts that were invading these men’s mind.
In 1 Samuel 30:4-6, it says that they “lifted up their voices and wept until they had no more power to weep” and that “the soul of all the people was grieved…”. Knowing that your loved ones are now in the hands of a vicious enemy bent on revenge would torment you beyond words.
The sad and almost disgusting part of this whole story line is that the Amalekites should not have even been on this earth to bring havoc on David!
David was dealing with an enemy that God had told King Saul to annihilate once and for all in 1 Samuel 15:3. Yet, because of self-opinion and compromise, along with deception, King Saul thought fit to disobey the word of God that was given to him through Samuel the prophet. Because of this major disobedience this enemy was kept on the earth and the consequence has been monumental.
First, we see that the kingship was taken away from Saul (1 Samuel 15:23). Then we see this enemy bringing destruction to David and then ultimately killing King Saul himself. The very enemy that Saul was suppose to get rid of came back to kill him and hurt many others.
Let me ask you.
Are there past areas in your life that you haven’t taken care of, which are now bringing death and destruction?
The enemy’s plan is to steal kill and destroy what God wants to do through you. If we don’t deal with the enemy, he will deal with you and ultimately bring ruin and bondage to your families. Don’t you think it’s time to deal with sin in our lives?