God’s Mysterious Moves

Then Achish called David and said to him, ‘As the Lord lives, you have been honest, and to me it seems right that you should march out and in with me in the campaign. For I have found nothing wrong in you from the day of your coming to me to this day. Nevertheless, the lords do not approve of you. So go back now; and go peaceably, that you may not displease the lords of the Philistines.’ And David said to Achish, ‘But what have I done? What have you found in your servant from the day I entered your service until now, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?’ And Achish answered David and said, ‘I know that you are as blameless in my sight as an angel of God. Nevertheless, the commanders of the Philistines have said, “He shall not go up with us to the battle.” Now then rise early in the morning with the servants of your lord who came with you, and start early in the morning, and depart as soon as you have light.’ So David set out with his men early in the morning to return to the land of the Philistines. But the Philistines went up to Jezreel.” 1 Samuel 29:6-11

David was confused and disappointed at Achish’s command to leave the battlefield, but the unfolding of God’s mysterious and providential ways reveals God’s divine purpose and His love for His man. King Saul’s violent jealousy and mental instability had rendered David’s present position in service to him precarious, so David had deserted to the Philistines. He was a stellar warrior, but the Philistine commander feared he would turn on them in the heat of battle, especially if they were engaged against his own Hebrew people. What he didn’t know when he was sent back was that the Lord had revealed to Saul that he and his sons would die and Israel would be taken by the Philistines that very day. (1 Samuel 28:18-19)

South Africa mountains

What he also didn’t know, but discovered upon his return to Ziklag, was that the Amalekites had just raided their city. “When David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive.” Finding his strength in the LORD his God, he sought His guidance whether to pursue the Amalekites. God said yes, and “David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and David rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken. David brought back all. David also captured all the flocks and herds.” God knew his coronation was near, and had moved mysteriously not only to protect him from battle against Saul and Jonathan, his best friend, but to enable him to rescue his wives and the inhabitants of Ziklag. (1 Samuel 30:3-8, 18-20; 31:1-6)

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8

Lord, You know all things, Your ways are high and holy, Your deeds are perfect and always filtered in love. Please turn disappointments and turns of events I do not understand here in the lowlands into new and deeper trust in You Who dwell on high, whether I ever see their reason or not. Have Your way with me. You are good, and all You do is good, and I choose to trust You. (Isaiah 57:15; Psalm 18:30; 119:68)

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