Recovering All /1Samuel 30:1-8
You can recover all
All of us have lost something of value such as a relationship...a marriage...money... and maybe even one's health. The hopelessness that these losses bring can be very overwhelming,leaving the victim in a state of grief and nothing to look forward to. In our biblical text taken from 1 Samuel 30:1-8 we will take a look at David's loss and the steps that he took to recover everything that was stolen from him...
Insurance vs Assurance
Don't throw away your confidence
And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day...(1Sam.1:1a).
Hebrews 10:35 says to cast not away therefore your confidence which has great recompense of reward. All of us have someone we look up to and have confidence in...a role model...a mentor...a parent or even siblings, and these individuals may have affluence as well as influence in one's life. If disagreements happen, it would be unwise to separate from the mentor, role model, etc...why? because they have shown a level of proficiency that has brought about a level of confidence for the individual who is looking up to them... and to just throw them away would be throwing confidence away. This is the same type of example we see with David and his men that were following him.To cast David away by stoning him (1Samuel 30:6) was to cast away their confidence because David had proven himself as a God fearing warrior who could get the job done.
In today's society people must have insurance coverage on homes and automobiles in case of the items being lost stolen or damaged. The insurance policy guarantees restoration or replacement... so an individual would not throw away their policy when there has been an occurrence of an automobile accident, house fire, or some other
circumstance; but they will locate their policy and cash in their claim. Many times when heart breaking circumstances occur...people automatically blame something or someone...even blame God...and it is He and his word (our assurance policy) that one should run toward so that one's family, marriage, finances and health to name a few can be restored.Remember you can recover everything Satan (thief - Jn10:10) has stolen but you must not cast away your confidence which comes in the form of Jesus and His word (Bible), and people who may be your support just as David was the support to the men who were following him.
To everything there is a time and season (Ecclesiastes 3:4) - Seasons of weeping
So David and his men came to the city and behold it was burnt with fire, and their wives and their sons, and their daughters were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lift up their voice and wept until they had no more power to weep (1Samuel 30:3-4).
How a leader, mentor, role model etc reacts in trying circumstances may become contagious and trickle down to the followers. David wept until he had no more power to weep and the people followed his cue and did the exact same thing. While David could get a handle on his own emotions because of his experience with God...the followers could not; and because of the differences in character, faith and confidence...there were different responses. David wept seeking a solution afterward, while his followers wept and looked for someone to blame, and they blamed David. Grieving after a loss is human,but to grieve beyond the season for weeping is a hindrance toward recovering what has been lost, because a person will never begin again. By begin again...I mean to begin to search for solutions...to begin living life again... to begin new dreams and stratagies for becoming all that God wants one to be. Until closure has been applied to the past...it will be difficult to reach toward the future and recover what has been lost. The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3...bretheren, I count not myself to have apprehended (arrived) but this one thing I do...forgetting those things that are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before...I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God which is in Christ Jesus. Notice Paul says if you cannot forget...you cannot reach, and in this case reach toward recovering what has been lost. David and his men wept until they had no more power to weep which shows that if there is no more power to weep then it is time to stop weeping. Jesus wept at the tomb of lazarus in John chapter 11 because of his humanity , but he stopped weeping and began focusing on the solution about Lazarus... and he asks... "where have you laid him" because what was lost through sickness and death...he was about to recover by giving life.
Practical points to remember in recovering all
a. You may need help and support from those around you ,so don't blame them.
b. Remember...you would not throw your insurance policy away after a bad situation, so don't throw the word of God away...but stand on His promises for restoration and recovery.
c. After grieving, begin again by trusting God to give you solutions toward recovering what has been lost.
New The Most Important Thing
The most important thing to remember is never lose hope because with God all things are possible to him that believes (Mark 9:23)