Imagine you are a general of an army. An army of men that have given up everything to come and fight on your side. But you are an army in exile. Hiding away in another country, because your current leader wants you dead along with anyone in alliance with you. So, you make good ties with one of the “enemies” of your country, and they are kind enough to offer you a place of refuge for both you and your army of renegades
So, one of those days, your hosting country is going to war, and they require your services. Since they have been so generous to you and your army, you go and join their army to fight. But they ask you and your army to go back just before the fight because they don’t know if they can fully trust you. You go back, happy to take a break from the action. But on arriving home, the place looks deserted. There are pots on the fire but no one, no children running around. You know something is wrong. As you get closer, you know the scene: the land was raided. All the wives of every man have been taken hostage as well as the children, the cattle, properties. EVERYTHING! In that moment, right there, WHAT DO YOU DO? WHO IS YOUR FIRST CALL?
This is what happened to David at Ziklag. The men he was with started to weep so loudly until some of them fainted from the crying. However, the Bible says “David encouraged himself in the Lord” and he actually went ahead to ask God “What shall we do? Shall we pursue this enemy?” Hulllooooo???? Call the Prime Minister or the Army Commander of your friendly country and organize troops! You have connections David! But David knew the BEST connection: God! The commander of the armies of heaven.
This is one of the reasons why David became the kind of king of renown that we all marvel at: He drew His wisdom, direction and strength from God! It’s in those really tough moments that we know who our first call is.
Who is your first call? If it is God, your phone bill will drop so much because you will be galvanized by peace, and you will instead be making extra calls for thanksgiving and praise reports after God has done it.