SUNDAY 27th MAY, 2018
COVENANT DAY OF RESTORATION
"I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten… And my people shall never again be put to shame.""
► [Joel 2:25-26 (KJV)]
Divine Restoration connotes God’s ability to restore or bring back an individual, a family, community or nation into either its original state or better. When there is no restoration, frustration, pain, sorrow and all kinds of agony that mocks the great blessings of God for people’s lives becomes the order of the day. On the other hand, when Divine Restoration comes, satisfaction, joy and celebration become a lifestyle.
The bible parades a number of persons who lost possessions but had them restored exceedingly by divine providence. Some of them were Abraham (Gen. 14:13-20), David (1 Sam. 30:1-19); and Job (Job 42:12)
David: a testimony of divine restoration
David is brought into limelight on the day he stood up to Goliath, silenced his insults on the people of God; and killed him. (1 Samuel 16:34-36) Saul was the King and the best fit to challenge Goliath but he was not living right at that time and his sin-consciousness became his first defeat. David is in Saul's service as his armor bearer when Saul learns that he had been anointed King in his place. This news does not go down well with Saul and he wants David dead, whatever the cost.
To escape King Saul’s jealous rage, David relocates to Ziklag with his supporters and one day, while on an expedition, a band of demon-possessed and trouble-infested Amalekites raided the city, plundered and destroyed it. To conclude their acts of terror, they left Ziklag with every single soul in that city as captives.
In 1 Sam.30:1-4, we see David and his 600 fighting men horrified at the actions of the Amalekites. Although their families have been taken captive, it appears no one has been killed. Greatly distressed, these men weep until they had no more strength left to weep. They remind themselves that settling in Ziklag and going to fight the Philistines; while leaving their families vulnerable to that attack by the Amalekites had all been David's idea. In their frustration and anger, they begin contemplating stoning David. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, David strengthens himself in the Lord and receives divine consent to pursue the raiders. He gets an assurance and guarantee that besides catching up with the band, he was also going to completely rescue all that has been taken. With his 600 men, David begins the torturous trip to find their loved ones but considering the physical and mental condition of these men, weary from travelling nearly 60 miles from Aphek back to Ziklag, they were obviously running against time. The raiding party had a substantial lead, David’s men were weary, the journey was tedious and if the band was to be overtaken before losing their trail, they had no choice but to double their speed.
The days wore on and no thanks to the heat of the sun, David and his men grow weary. When they come to the brook Besor, a third of the men simply cannot go on. They have plenty of motivation – their families are in danger, and they want to be there to rescue them – but they simply do not have the strength to continue on the trip. Two hundred men collapse there by the brook. To move faster and expend less energy, David and the other 400 men press on.
Divine Providence: ..the strange acts of God at work!
In 1 Samuel 30: 13-14. We see David and his men in a critical situation. They needed to know which direction the raiders took but they did not have to wonder for long. By the strange acts of God, they come across a man, left half-dead in a field. David and his men are in haste but they stop to render aid to this man. When the man is able to speak, he tells David and his men that he is an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite. He was with the Amalekite raiding party that plundered Ziklag. David’s show of compassion is rewarded.
With this Egyptian in tow, there was no longer any need to try to track this raiding party and when David and his men arrive at the raiders’ camp, the Amalekites are totally vulnerable. They are celebrating a successful mission and indulging themselves with the fruits of their victories. David and his men are undeniably outnumbered but after all the eating, drinking and dancing, it appears the Amalekites they are too drunk to stand up straight, much less fight. They are an easy prey.
David and his men attack and slaughter the Amalekites. Everything and everyone the Amalekites had taken from Ziklag is recovered. David’s two wives are among the hostages rescued. David returns with everything the enemy took, just as God had promised.
- Mission: Successful
Finally, IT IS YOUR TURN!
The meeting with the Egyptian that led David and his men to the raider’s camp is a glaring proof of the providence of God and His “unseen” hand in the events of our lives.
As we prepare for this Covenant Day of Restoration Service, you may have missed opportunities, blown chances and suffered innumerable disappointments in the past. Our God is a God of second chances and this Sunday, God is assuring you (just like he assured David (1 Sam 30: 8)) that He will restore to you the years that have been stolen.
In David’s story, the recipients of his generosity (dividing the spoils of the recovery mission) were among the first to embrace him as their king. In like manner, get ready, your generation is about to celebrate you.
Come expecting an instant restoration of everything and anything you have lost in the past, and be sure to invite and also reach out to the unsaved and bring them along for the service together with your friends and family.
The service times are 9:00am (1st Service) and 10:45am (2nd Service). Your expectations will not be cut off in Jesus name. [Pro. 23:18]
Jesus is Lord!!!