"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us.. .For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his son, how much more, having been reconcilled, shall we be saved through his life!" (Romans 5: 8,10).
The Lord Jesus not only forgives us for what we have done, but he also takes us into his service, and allows us to help him in his work, when we accept him. David had done th same at one time. There is ia story in David's life that tells about his relationship with one of his enemies, that shows just what our Lord Jesus does when he meets us, and we accept him as our Lord..
David and his little band of followers, after escaping from Saul many times, took refuge over the border of Israel in the land of the Philistines. The King of that land, gave him the city of Ziklag as his headquaters. Many of the Philistines did not approve of this, for they thought that the man who had slain their champion, Goliath, was not likely to be of much help to them.
One day while David and his men were absent from Ziklag, another enemy appeared on the scene. The Amale kite swept down the city, destroyed it with fire, and took a way captive all the women and children. When David and his men returned to find the city in ruins, and all their wives, sons, and daughters gone, they were in great grief. David encouraged himself in the Lord. He knew where to go when in trouble. He asked God what to do. "Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will overtake them?" "Pursue them," he answered. "You will certainly overtake them, and succeed in the rescue."
When David heard the answer from the Lord, he gathered his band, and started on their pursuit. They had not gone very far when they came upon a young man lying in the field almost dying. He had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights.They gave him water to drink and food to eat; part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisin. He ate and was rivived. David asked him, "To whom do you belong, and where do you come from?'
The young man had taken part in the burning of Ziklag, for he was a servant to one of the Amalekites. He himself was an Egyptian, but he had been serving a very bad master who cared nothing for him, for when he fell ill his master left him by the wayside to die; Sin and Satan are hard masters! He had been doing all he could to injure David, but how kindly David treated him! David was also willing to take him into his service there and then.
There was one thing the young man wanted to know before he took service with David -Whether David would not only spare his life, but also swear to him that his old master would never get hold of him again? He wanted to have been done with the Amalekite forever!
The young Egyptian is a picture of every unsaved sinner before meeting our Lord Jesus. When we come to the Lord Jesus Christ, we too change masters. He sets free from the old master, Satan. Now being made free for ever from the old master, we have entered the service of God's chosen King, and his service will bring nothing but reward!
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