Take a second look at King David Ziglag experience in 1 Samuel 30. In Ziglag, the Amalekites, one of the Israelites arch-enemies had besieged the city, devastated it and spoil it. The enemy carried away the women and the children dwelling in the city as slaves. They also carried away in droves all their live-stock and other useful properties of the people dwelling in the city.
David was not around when the disaster befell the city. When he came back, he was overwhelmed with sorrow. Being a warrior, the people of the city did not take it lightly with David, because they almost stone him for not making himself available at the time of the attack to prevent the devastation that visited the city. David did not bottle his sorrow, he wept profusely like a baby when he learned that his wife and his children had been taken away by the Amalekites. However, he did not remain in the valley of his sorrow. He encouraged himself in the word of God.
He called the priest to bring him an ephod in order to inquire of the Lord. “And David inquired 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.” (1 Samuel 30:8) The Lord ordered the steps of King David but he did not know the hiding place of the Amalekites that attacked Ziglag.
With four hundred men David pursued the enemies. On their way they came across an Egyptian that was down in sickness and very weak in the field. David commanded that they should give him food and part of their water to drink. After the kind treatment upon the Egyptian, strength came upon him. Then David asked him, “Who are you and from where do you come?” He said, “I am a servant of an Amalekite who came to invade Ziglag. I fell sick and my master left me behind.” David said, “Can you take me down to this troop?” The Egyptian promised to take him there, if David will not kill him nor deliver him to his master.
The abandoned Egyptian slave took David and his men to the Amalekite troop. They suddenly invaded them when they were eating, drinking and dancing. David attacked the troop and destroyed them. They recovered all that the enemy had taken away from Ziglag, as well as other properties of the enemy.
Righteousness and kindness unto humanity, even unto the enemy is the God’s battle logistic against the enemy. “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:44-45) If David had killed the servant of the Amalekite when he was helpless in the field, unwittingly, he would have destroyed the battle logistic of God to his victory and recovery. Mercy is a battle logistic of God in the hand of His children. Loving the unlovable is the battle logistic of God in the hand of Christ. Praying for those who persecute us is a battle logistic of God. “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) In your dealings with humanity, even at critical time, do not close the bowel of mercy towards the needy. A little kindness according to the word of God in the rough road of life do bring a lasting solution to the perennial problems of humanity
Prayer: O Lord teach me to remain focus in your word. Order my steps in your word and grant me the grace to live in the revelation of your truth and follow your divine precepts. Endow me with the mind of Christ to love the unlovables according to your word, in Jesus name.