May 21

1 Samuel 29:1-31:13; John 11:55-12:19; Psalm 118:1-18; Proverbs 15:24-26

Have you ever done everything you were supposed to do and things still did not work out properly? I mean: you dotted all your “i”‘s and crossed all your “t”‘s and yet, things did not go as planned?

This is what happened to David! He and his men had lived in peace with the Philistines. They were called out to go and fight. Like the dutiful solider, he rallied his men to go to war. After spending time on the battlefield but never engaging in the battle, David and his men were sent home. When they arrived back at home to Ziklag, all their families and their possessions were taken.

David’s men were very angry because instead of protecting their families, they were fighting someone else’s battles. They turned that anger towards David. David, as you have seen, would inquire of the Lord, when his next steps were uncertain. In the end, God tells David that he will recover everything that was taken (with a bonus).

Have you ever had your Ziklag moment when you did what was right and it looked like you received the short end of the stick? Don’t fret! God is still just and He will not let you lose in any situation. Pursue and you will recover all!

Tomorrow’s Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1-2:11; John 12:20-50; Psalm 118:19-29; Proverbs 15:27-28

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