So David inquired of theÃ‚Â LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?”AndÃ‚Â He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtakeÃ‚Â themÃ‚Â and without fail recoverÃ‚Â all.”
1 Samuel 30:8
In ancient history, somewhere off the coasts of the Middle East, a young kingÃ‚Â returned from battlefront with his knights and generals. However, something wasÃ‚Â amiss: Their city had been invaded, their wives and children captured, and their landÃ‚Â desecrated. The loss was sharp and unexpected, so much so that the generals thoughtÃ‚Â about killing their young king. This event occurred in the city of Ziklag, and the kingÃ‚Â in question was none other than David. Yet, the story does not end there. We followÃ‚Â the books to find the grieving king asking God in the place of prayer:
“Shall I pursue, will I overtake them?”
The story is striking because it embodies the recurring human themes of loss, failureÃ‚Â and defeat. But it also radiates the bright hope of restoration and victory after theÃ‚Â storm. Consider the life of former boxing heavyweight champion George Foreman.Ã‚Â He had earlier retired from boxing to settle into life as a preacher. He set up a youthÃ‚Â centre to empower young boys through sports. But, he soon found himself at theÃ‚Â edge of bankruptcy. In the face of this loss, his advisers pressured him to close theÃ‚Â centre and declare himself bankrupt. But he refused. Instead, at 45, he returned to theÃ‚Â boxing ring, from which he won 23 subsequent matches – the oldest fighter to do soÃ‚Â at the time. Today, he has published five books, runs his youth centre and has a netÃ‚Â worth of over 230 million dollars.
If there is one parallel to draw from these two examples, it is this: Failure is not theÃ‚Â end. Defeat will always be temporary. No matter the loss or setback, restoration isÃ‚Â always on the horizon. However, it is how you view the situation that determines ifÃ‚Â you would pursue further, or surrender to the tides.
In our opening scripture, we see God’s response to David’s enquiry:
“Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
We can see, then, that even in the face of loss and debilitating defeat, God only seesÃ‚Â and speaks victory. His answer is always yes. Yes to victory. Yes to restoration. Yes toÃ‚Â miraculous breakthroughs and turnaround. The reason is simple: He is a covenantÃ‚Â keeping God. He will not let His covenant children go defeated. In other words, withÃ‚Â God on the scene, there will always be a comeback. This should inform our attitudeÃ‚Â to challenges. Rather than languish in self-pity over your situation, believe in God’sÃ‚Â ability to turn things around. That overwhelming loss you think you have experiencedÃ‚Â will be upturned. The injustice and false accusation levelled against you will turn inÃ‚Â your favour. Your marriage and finances will be revived. Your medical report will beÃ‚Â rewritten. To put it simply, whatever the enemy has stolen from you will be turnedÃ‚Â back in your favour.
So, let your praises be an expression of your pursuit. Let the word of God be yourÃ‚Â weapon of warfare. Let your attitude and expectation mirror your faith in God.Ã‚Â Things are turning around. They are getting better. In every place you were put toÃ‚Â shame, you will experience honour. So go back for that medical test. Register for thatÃ‚Â exam once again. Give your marriage a fighting chance. Try that business idea. God isÃ‚Â with you. You will undoubtedly recover all, in Jesus name.
Welcome to March, your month of Supernatural Recovery!