THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: 1 Samuel 30:1-30
Focal verse(s): 1 Samuel 30:3-6: “When David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. 4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep. 5 Now David’s two wives had been taken captive…6 Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. ”
When David got back to Ziklag he found that some Amalekite raiding parties had burned the town and taken away his family and all other survivors as prisoners. After a great amount of sorrow, David asked the Lord concerning His will, using Abiathar the priest as an intercessor. The priest used the ephod, which was the high priest’s apron-like garment containing the Urim and Thummin, sacred stones used to discover God’s will. The answer came: David would have victory, so he took his men and chased the Amalekites to the Besor Ravine, about 20 miles south of Ziklag. David defeated the Amalekites, but about 400 of them escaped on camels. However, he was able to get all of his family and property back totally intact. The normal chances of David getting any of his family back alive in a situation like that would be “slim to none”, but when God intervenes the chances for victory are one hundred percent!