Are you feeling scattered, unguarded, upset and unprepared as you close out this year? Did you learn anything from the hardships and circumstances in which you found yourself? Was there anything done that could have been done differently? Did you make the right decision? What series of steps got you to this place right now? What are you planning to do differently going forward and how in the world do you plan to do it? To enter into the New Year with a fresh perspective and resolve, we must to do the following:
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 the Lord his God. (I Samuel 30:6)
The word regroup is a military term which means to come back together in a tactical formation after dispersal in a retreat. It also means to reorganize for renewed effort after a temporary setback. In the scripture above, David and his troops came back home to Ziklag to find that the Amalekites had burned down the city and taken captive their wives, sons and daughters. David and his men wept so badly that they did not have any tears left. On top of that, his grief-stricken troops were thinking of stoning him to death. Instead of getting swallowed up in the sea of grief, David chose to regroup by encouraging himself in the Lord.
Oftentimes in our lives, it is necessary to regroup after we have undergone a situation which caused us to scatter, use up and disperse our strength. We find it necessary to regroup ourselves mentally, emotional and spiritually after we have taken a “hit” from the enemy so to speak. If you have undergone several battles, obstacles, unforeseen events within this past year and have not taken the time to sit still before God and gather your spiritual and emotional strength, you will not be able to walk into the New Year with confident expectation, but rather you will walk into the New Year still scattered, unguarded and weak. Not only did David encourage himself in the Lord as part of his regrouping experience, but he went on to ask the Lord what he should do next.
And David inquired of the Lord, 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….
Prior to the Ziklag experience, David had just been told to leave the Philistines because they did not trust him to fight on their side. They were afraid that because he was Hebrew and still a servant of King Saul that he would later defect and turn against them. After he was told to leave the Philistines first thing in the morning, he goes to Ziklag and finds the city burned and his wives taken captive. Undoubtedly, this must have been a very low point for him. He was anointed to be King of Israel, but here he was running in the wilderness from King Saul. He tried to work for the Philistines who just rejected him and now everything he has is burned up and his wives are gone.
For this great and mighty warrior to ask God whether or not he should pursue the enemy seems to be rather odd. He must have struggled mightily within himself regarding his calling, his identity and whether or not God was really on his side and if he really was ever going to be king of anything other than the rag tag group of warriors who wanted to stone him. Just like King David, once we have taken the time to regroup ourselves, it is now time to redefine and get clear again on Whose We Are and Why We Are Here — our purpose. Is your “Who” tied up and wrapped up in your “Do”? In other words are you defining yourself based on your natural performance and what “they” think? In this past year did you define yourself based on how others perceived/saw/said about you or did you define yourself based on what God said about You? Did you define your purpose as something that you have to “DO” in life or did you define your purpose as a state of actually BEING the person God created you to be?
In spite of the bitter blows to his identity as a future King through the Philistine rejection, the wilderness wanderings and the burn down of Ziklag, the Lord still tells him to pursue. God had to let this battle-fatigued mighty Man of God, Warrior, Future King that yes indeed, he shall pursue. Yes, indeed God was still with him. Yes indeed, he is still called and yes indeed, he is still anointed! His identity is not wrapped up in his current bleak circumstances. It is not wrapped up in his title. It is not wrapped up in his performance as a leader. It is, however, wrapped up in Him who is the Head of all principalities and powers (Col 2:10). David is God’s workmanship created by Him for preordained good works (Eph 2:10). In God, David lives and moves and has all his of his being (Acts 17:28). God Almighty is the author and finisher of David’s faith and David’s story, not the Philistines, not King Saul, nor the Amalekites (Heb 12:1).
Getting very clear on this is important because it will enable to you live your life intentionally and on purpose. Redefining yourself according to God’s view and what He has placed in YOU will make it much easier for you to make decisions that line up God’s intention for your life. Being fully confident in Who You Are and Whose You Are enables to you to design the life you want to live and you will not be caught up with every thought, idea, notion, plan, etc. that other people may thrust upon you. You will not be easily swayed into the crowd mentality of what “they said” and what “they are doing”. Living this way will help us to identify people and situations that cannot cross over with us into the next season.
So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed. But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor… (I Samuel 30: 10) Once the decision was made to pursue, David went full steam ahead with the plan, however, he had to make some major adjustments. He had to let go of some folks who could not go over with him. Instead of taking the original group of 600 troops, he took only 400 with him to recover all. The remaining 200 soldiers were too weak to cross over. He regrouped himself emotionally, mentally and spiritually. He received clarity and redefinition from God in Who He Was at a very low point in his life. Now it is time to make the proper adjustments in order to recover from the setback. Some of us may need to make minor, fine-tuned adjustments to get back on track. However many of us may need to do a major overhaul.
The word recalibrate is derived from calibrate which means to adjust precisely for a particular function. To recalibrate something means calibrate it AGAIN because it has deviated from the standard. That’s how it is in our lives. We start off on the right track and then due to circumstances, other people, wrong thinking, fears, etc. we start deviating from the set standard — what we know God has put in our hearts to do. We allow life to keep us from walking in our purpose. We allow toxic people who weaken us into our lives. We then come to the end of a year or the end of a season and realize that we are way off track.
God has a precise and accurate way that he desires for us to flow and function in our lives. He uses His Word and the Holy Spirit to calibrate us to keep us on track. As we sit on the brink of a new season, we must take the time to reexamine everything in our lives including relationships, certain situations, commitments, etc., with a view to making the necessary adjustments. What needs to be recalibrated going forward so that we can recover from what happened and move into the next season?
The two main keys to recalibrating our lives is to: 1) realize that we cannot do it in our own strength (Read “Are You Striving Inside or Resting? You Must Be At Rest To Receive the Blessing!” here http://wp.me/p33WY9-2J) and 2) constantly renew and transform our thinking (Read “Cancel That Chorus – How to Cancel the Chorus of Ungodly Thoughts at http://wp.me/s33WY9-24) . If we try to stay perfectly calibrated in our own strength and power, we will fail. If we fail to immerse ourselves in the Word of God and deal with the negative thought patterns we will not change. We will not reach perfection, however we can make progress as we adjust and fine-tune our lives so that we stay in alignment with the purpose and direction that God has called us to.
David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken and rescued his two wives…Nothing was missing, small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken; David recovered all….(I Samuel 30: 18-19)
To recover means to get something back again; to restore one’s self to a normal state or to be compensated for. It also means to get back something that was lost or taken away. After David had gotten himself together (regrouped), remembered Who He Was (redefined), made some adjustments (recalibrated), he was now well on his way to getting back everything that was taken away from him (recovery). In the David’s recovery process, it is interesting to note the unusual way in which God led David to the enemy’s camp. He received direction and assistance from a very unlikely source – an Egyptian slave left by the Amalekites. Note this pattern, he did not get directional help from his healthy, strong warrior comrades but from a sick, rejected slave left to die. (1 Samuel 30: 12-15).
Oftentimes, in our recovery process, we will require assistance from unlikely sources. God usually does not take us down the path of recovery that WE THINK we should be on, but rather God’s ways and methods are often quite different and unusual. Remember that His Ways are not our ways and His Thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55: 8-9). Here we see a Mighty Man of War and Future King of Israel humbling himself, feeding and helping a lowly slave in order to recover all. Who are we to think that we will not have to do something similar in order to move forward? In the recovery process, we will need to swallow our pride and humble ourselves to receive the help we need in order to recover. This will require being honest with ourselves and our situation.
As you reflect over your life and prepare for moving forward, I strongly encourage you to NOT make another set of resolutions, but rather to take the time Regroup yourself from being scattered all over the place, seek the Lord for renewed clarity and Redefine Who You Are, work with the Lord to make the necessary Recalibrations and then — without fail, you shall surely Recover All.
Until Next Time,
Lady Tonika Maria