1 Samuel 30:1-8 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in theLordhis God. 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 theLord, 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.”

Iʼm in the office today and was thinking about how distraught a lot of youth pastors are today. Amongst this pandemic that we are facing as a nation, I have even seen some YPs who are on social media and they make it very clear that they are struggling with this whole thing of going to live stream services only. I’ve even seen some pastors resist the leadership of our country and hold services anyway. As a nation in a crisis like we are in, I think it’s very important that we as spiritual leaders of our own local churches make sure that we donʼt lose our testimonies in the process of trying to keep our spirituality.

Thinking about this took me to David! I immediately thought of him here in 1 Samuel when they have come to Ziklag and the Amalekites had already been there and burned the city and took all of their wives and children. I would have to say that our situation is not quite as bad as Davidʼs.

Itʼs important as leaders in our churches that we donʼt ever let our flesh take over and cause even more panic in our churches. David could have very well freaked out and caused more chaos than even was stirring among his men. I mean, his own men with him spoke of stoning him! But what did he do? He turned to the Lord, and encouraged himself in the Lord his God. Not only that, but he then led his people into great victory.

Right now is not a time for us to panic or cause fear in our churches or add to the chaos and fear in our nation. It is
a time for us to rise up spiritually and encourage ourselves in the Lord our God! He is the One in control after all.
David and his men took time to mourn but in the end they did not lose themselves in their emotions. David turned
to the only source of peace and then grabbed on to the promise God gave him. Verse 8 says, “…And he answered
him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” Had David not turned to God and
sought His counsel, He would have never received the promise to follow of recovering all!

In this time, we know the Lord is in control. Since we know this, it is imperative as leaders in our churches that we
must turn to God and ask Him what to do. I truly believe whether your church is shutting down and going live stream or simply limiting your services in some way to comply with our nations leaders, you are doing what the Lord has told you to do. No one should be “stoning” anyone else. We all have the same goal in mind, and that is pleasing God and leading people to Christ. Letʼs all continue to turn to God and grab on to the promise He gives us.

Travis Eidel
Youth Pastor   Tabernacle Baptist Church