1Sa 30:1 And it happened when David and his men had come to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had invaded the south and Ziklag, and had struck Ziklag, and burned it with fire.
1Sa 30:2 And they had seized the women in it. They did not kill any, either small or great, but carried them away and went on their way.
1Sa 30:3 And David and his men came to the city, and behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captives.
1Sa 30:4 And David and the people with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. (weeping is a necessary thing to do when tragedy strikes and it is nothing to be ashamed of,in fact, it is encouraged by the Lord to mourn loss)
1Sa 30:5 And David’s two wives had been seized, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail, the former wife of Nabal of Carmel.
1Sa 30:6 And it greatly distressed David, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, each one for his sons and for his daughters(This is what happens when we ask of the Lord “why?” we then begin to fix blame on someone and hold that someone responsible for our troubles.) But David encouraged (châzaq (1d1) to strengthen oneself, 1d2) to put forth strength, use one’s strength, 1d3) to withstand, 1d4) to hold strongly with himself in Jehovah his God. (this is what separated David from his so called ,”mighty men”)
1Sa 30:7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, Please bring the ephod here to me. And Abiathar brought the ephod there to David.
1Sa 30:8 And David inquired of Jehovah(David got a word from the Lord while the others were talking of stoning him and fixing blame on David, David did sought the Lord. David, unlike the others did not ask why but instead asked what now), saying, Shall I go after this troop? Shall I overtake them? And He answered him, Go! For you shall surely overtake and will without fail recover all.
1Sa 30:9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those who were left behind stayed.
Three things of note here are:
1. don’t be afraid to cry when bad things happen don’t play the plastic Christian and pretend nothing is wrong.
2) encourage yourself in the Lord Psa 121:1 A song for going up to worship. I look up toward the mountains. Where can I find help?
Psa 121:2 My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
Psa 121:3 He will not let you fall. Your guardian will not fall asleep.
Psa 121:4 Indeed, the Guardian of Israel never rests or sleeps.
Psa 121:5 The LORD is your guardian. The LORD is the shade over your right hand.
Psa 121:6 The sun will not beat down on you during the day, nor will the moon at night.
Psa 121:7 The LORD guards you from every evil. He guards your life.
Psa 121:8 The LORD guards you as you come and go, now and forever.
3) Get a word from the Lord 1Sa 30:8 And David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go after this troop? Shall I overtake them? And He answered him, Go! For you shall surely overtake and will without fail recover all. In the new Testament Jesus follows the same pattern when at the tomb of his friend Lazarus.
Joh 11:14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
Joh 11:15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, in order that you may believe. But let us go to him.
Joh 11:16 Then Thomas (he being called Twin) said to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him.
Joh 11:17 Then when Jesus came, He found him already being held in the tomb four days.
Joh 11:18 And Bethany was near Jerusalem, fifteen stadia away.
Joh 11:19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary in order to comfort them concerning their brother.
Joh 11:20 Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she met Him. But Mary was sitting in the house.
Joh 11:21 Then Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. (once again fixing blame for a tragedy on God)
Joh 11:22 But I know that even now, whatever You will ask of God, God will give You.
Joh 11:23 Jesus said to her, Your brother shall rise again.
Joh 11:24 Martha said to Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
Joh 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life! He who believes in Me, though he die, yet he shall live.
Joh 11:26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?
Joh 11:27 She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who has come into the world.
Joh 11:28 And saying these things, she went away and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Teacher has come and calls you.
Joh 11:29 As soon as she heard, she arose quickly and came to him.
Joh 11:30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met Him.
Joh 11:31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw that Mary rose up hastily and went out, they followed her, saying, She is going to the tomb to weep there.
Joh 11:32 Then when Mary had come where Jesus was, seeing Him, Mary fell down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
Joh 11:33 Then when He saw her weeping, and also the Jews who came with her weeping, Jesus groaned in the spirit and troubled Himself.
Joh 11:34 And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Lord, come and see.
Joh 11:35 Jesus wept. ( cry when there is a tragedy or when really bad things happen)
Joh 11:36 Then the Jews said, Behold how He loved him!
Joh 11:37 And some of them said, Was not this Man who opened the eyes of the blind able also to cause that even this one should not have died?
Joh 11:38 Then Jesus, groaning in Himself again, came to the tomb. And it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
Joh 11:39 Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him who died, said to Him, Lord, by this time he stinks. For it is the fourth day. (inside the tomb is where death despair and hopelessness reside. We do not want the stone rolled away and, like Lazarus, people who live with this ,”stink” and we tend to avoid the “woe is me” crowd. However Jesus demanded that the stone be rolled away because this needed confrontation not denial)
Joh 11:40 Jesus answered her, Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?
Joh 11:41 Then they took away the stone where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. (Note: Jesus did not look into the tomb of his friend Lazarus but upward towards His Father in heaven and strengthened Himself as David had done and He gave thanks. Psa 50:23 Whoever offers thanks as a sacrifice honors me. I will let everyone who continues in my way see the salvation that comes from God.” ) Joh 11:42 And I know that You hear Me always, but because of the people who stand by I said it, so that they may believe that You have sent Me.
Joh 11:43 And saying these things, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth ! (He got a word from His Father)
Joh 11:44 And he who had died came out, bound hand and foot (hopelessness, despair bind you so that you can’t walk with God) with sheets, and his face was bound (hopelessness and despair also blind you from seeing all that God has for you ) with a cloth. Jesus said to them, Untie him and let him go! (Although Lazarus was bound and blind he could still hear the voice of the Lord and when he responded to the word of the Lord , he came out of the tomb and was set free. Jesus comes to your tomb of the things that have died within you, your dreams, your aspirations and commands you to roll away the stone. Death, hopelessness and despair stink but must be confronted or they will remain hidden in the tomb. If you will obey His voice and remove the stone that which was dead will again live)
Joh 11:45 Then many of the Jews who came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on Him.