There Is Forgiveness In The Lord - 1 Samuel 30
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
David was now free from serving the Philistines and engaging in a conflict with Israel. His relief existed only for a short time. As David and his men came close to their base in Ziklag, they could see smoke coming from the ashes. Their hearts began to beat faster as they rushed to the city only to find their wives, children, elderly, animals, and supplies gone. From the great relief of not having to fight Saul to the agony of losing all that meant the most to them, David and his men were crushed (1 Samuel 30:1-5).
Some of David’s men were so distraught that they even spoke of stoning their leader and friend (1 Samuel 30:6). David now has nowhere to turn but to the Lord (1 Samuel 30:7-8). He did not dare make a move without being directed by the Lord to do so. There are times when we wander away from God that we realize in a fit of panic how far we have drifted. Is it possible to restore the closeness with the Lord we once had? Will He take us back?
When we wander from God there is:
• Loss of communication - Psalm 66:18: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”
• Loss of fellowship - 2 Corinthians 6:14-18: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
• Loss of blessings - 1 Corinthians 11:28-32: “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”
• Loss of purpose - Ecclesiastes 1:2-11: “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.”
Repentance leads to restoration. 2 Corinthians 7:10: “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
• Restoration of communication - 1 Samuel 30:7-8: “And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” David now sought the Lord and was blessed with an answer. God clearly directed David to go after the Amalekites who had raided his village.
• Restoration of fellowship - Psalm 51:1-4: “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” David wrote these words following his sin with Bathsheba. Ultimately, all sins are against God, and God is the only One Who can blot out our transgressions.
• Restoration of blessings - 1 Samuel 30:9-19. God’s providence began to abound (verses 9-15). The men found an Egyptian slave and brought him to David. He lead them to the Amalekites. God’s wisdom began to surface in David’s actions (verses 16-20). David and his men smote the Amalekites and recovered all that they had carried away. God’s promises began to be fulfilled (verse 23).
• Restoration of purpose - 1 Samuel 30:26-31. David once again became a godly leader.
What if I do not want to do things God’s way? What if I like my sin and refuse to repent? In 1 Samuel 31, Saul and his sons died on Mount Gilboa. The nation of Israel was plunged into panic as the Philistines ravaged the countryside. Often when we refuse to get things right with God, the very people we care the most about suffer as a result of our sinfulness.