Recovering All That Was Stolen

What has been stolen from you? What have you lost that you once had? How has the enemy of your soul pilfered your goods? Years ago we used to sing: I went to the enemy’s camp and I took back what he stole from me…

David and his men had their wives, their children, and all their livestock stolen. Their city was burned. Every time I read this story in 1 Samuel 30, I picture the scene like this. David and his 600 men were coming back from Gath. They were exhausted.

As they crested the hill and looked down on Ziklag, how did they emotionally process what they saw? Verse 4 says, “Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.”

Verse 6 says, “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters…” What? Stoning him? How did David respond? The verse goes on to say, “…But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

David leaned hard on the Lord. He asked the Lord very specifically what he should do. Verse 8  says, “So David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? And He answered him, Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” 

Verse 19 says, “…David recovered all.” Wow! Recover all. That is the Lord’s promise to us as well. When we arm ourselves with the smooth stone-verses needed to fell our giant, we have promises in His word to lean on. Think back to the life of Job. After he obeyed the Lord in praying for his ‘friends’ the Lord restored his losses.

God’s word is backed by His faithfulness. Isaiah 55:11 says that His word cannot fail. It will not return to Him void. Titus 1:2 says that God cannot lie. 2 Timothy 2:13 says that God cannot deny Himself. John 3:34 says that God does not give His Spirit by measure.

John 10:10 brings it all into God’s perspective. It says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” We were never called to be in want or to lack anything needed to run our race of faith.

2 Peter 1:3 says, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.” ALL things. The condition is met through our relationship with the Lord. The more time we spend communing with Him, gazing at Him, the more we come to know His ways.

1 John 5:3 says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” The law was a burden that no one could carry. Jesus came to fulfill the law. Romans 6:14 says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”

To keep His word, is to obey Him in all His ways. Our progressive sanctification is a path of obedience. As we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, He will always lead us into truth. Things were stolen from us, when we veered off the path He had us on. 2 Timothy 2:25-26 says, “…if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

Captivity to satan makes us spiritually weak. That was his whole point. He wanted to capture us so that he could destroy our faith. Isaiah 5:13 and Hosea 4:6 point the finger at our lack of knowledge. In order to strengthen our faith, we have to know the Lord and His ways. He strengthens our faith through our trials. He uses them to expose and remove the dross that was hidden by satan to undermine our faith. Do you, like David, know how to strengthen yourself in the Lord when attacked by the enemy?

One thought on “Recovering All That Was Stolen

  1. Marilyn, such a rich and timely word for where I am right now. Thank you, Father, for Your faithfulness. Please bless my sister as she continues to be obedient in what You speak to her. ❤️

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