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Ziklag was a day of disaster for God’s people. In the natural it seemed like an end to all dreams and hopes. Everything seemed lost, shattered, spoiled and broken without hope of recovery. But, God used David to turn things around completely, to turn things into a great victory and break through.

Application: God does sometimes allow Ziklag experiences in our lives.

  • How can we see the good in a Ziklag experience?

God wants us to be equipped to react to a Ziklag experience so that we have break through. God desires leaders to lead in God’s strength and strength in the day of disappointment and crisis.

Bible Study + Back Ground

  • Why did David base himself at Ziklag?

David wanted to run from Saul(chapt 27:1). He went to Philistine territory. Worked like a double agent

Conclude: David intended to be shrewd. He wanted to be safe and protect his followers and give strategic advantage.

  • What happened at Ziklag?

Day of disaster struck when the enemy came while David and his men were gone. The place David thought would be secure was struck! They lost all possessions. They returned to find the place was burning and everything gone. They lost all their family members too. Kidnapped or executioned somewhere, they did not know. All the men were affected. David personally lost both his wives. There were already living in great suspense and under many pressures. They had just left the Philistines who were going to war with Israel.

  • How did the Ziklag trauma influence their emotions and morale overall?

Loss of Possessions- Ever been robbed?- It can brings tremendous sorrow and insecurity. Loss of close ones and family. Their family was irreplaceable; this loss was almost as good as losing their own personal life. So, they wept till they could weep no more.

  • What were the greater dangers that were triggered by Ziklag?
  • Loss of faith in God. People would ask the question; God, are you with us?
  • Does God hate me?

Disappointment and anxiety leads to bitterness, anger and frustration and people can cave in spiritually. The people all lost faith in God and turned against David too. In tough times people look for a scape goat. Their energies were needlessly directed toward doing harm to each other rather than solving the problem.

All could have lost at that point if David had of reacted and blamed them for their response, and just given up.

  • Why does God allow Ziklag experiences?

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons(Heb. 12:5) David had left Saul without consulting God (1 Sam.27:1). It appears God was chastising him. His own policy of hiding in foreign country to protect himself ultimately made him more vulnerable. He needed to learn to be more dependent on God. David did come back to God seeking him fully.(1Sam 30:7-8) ie “Bring me the ark”

God planned for David to be the new king and to be a marked improvement on Saul. King Saul had failed obey the Lord’s command to destroy the Amalekites, which ultimately led to much harm for God’s people. So, in preparation David needed to be severely tested in his faith and obedience under pressure so that he would not abuse his authority when he became king. He was being prepared to be standard and bench mark for godly kings as the king God chose, unlike Saul which was a king that God gave in response to the people’s desires(1Sam8:20-22). Ziklag was the zenith of all testing! Ziklag comes our way sometimes to get us ready and help us develop powerful convictions in God to help us guide his flock.

  • What can be learned from David’s reaction to the situation, and what led to the day of Break Through?

He too wept, but he was different from others in that he managed to overcome the personal

discouragement and fear by keeping focussed on God. David sought God and found supernatural strength in God to know how to respond to see break through. He had learned his lesson; he realised a whole new level of dependency on God. Last time we recall he got into trouble by using his human wisdom when he did not consult God; 1 Sam27:1 .

When David turned to God he was assured of break through. Once lifted in spirit he could rally his men. This clearly took place with God’s continual supernatural aid and empowering. They found the Amalekites and executed God’s judgment despite their tiredness and lack of means to track the enemy. David and his men recovered everything that had been lost. God made sure of that! The incident helped qualify and establish David in his leadership as God’s king. It also helped him gain the respect of his people. When we learn to rise in God’s anointing and strength in times of disappointment we will be able to usher in a new direction and hope to God’s people lest they scatter.


God knows what He is doing despite we face Ziklag type experiences. God is in control and on the throne no matter how bad Ziklag may seem! We must guard against caving in spiritually, which is a great temptation for us all. God’s pattern from scripture is that he will always use the bad to bring good into our lives; Romans 8:28. The key is we are asking God and looking to God for counsel to walk in break through and victory.

We must guard against emotions taking over on the day of crisis and looking for people to blame, but allow God to speak through our leaders and actively trust God for a solution. We cannot control what happens, but we can control our response! God expects us too to grow in self control through the Ziklag events of life.

We must personally learn to look humbly to God so we can draw strength from him in times of crisis. We need to be conscious that God is wanting to do a new thing; he will use those like David who are open to his voice and direction.

Discussion Questions

  • What are typical Ziklag type disasters/crisis people may face in life?

People are serving God faithfully and then they are attacked, they get robbed, had an accident, loss of loved ones, loose something very important to them, church split, spiritual leader goes astray and it causes harm etc..

  • Describe how you have seen other people face their day of disaster. How did they look to God?
  • Who are you best able to identify with in this story; David or his men and why?
  • What have you learned from this passage about handling a Ziklag type crisis?
  • Are you currently feeling some kind of a Ziklag situation or on a past occasion; what encourages you from this passage?
  • How can we look to God practically in the day of crisis to seek out his counsel and walk in it?
  • How does this passage inspire confidence that your crisis is actually the means for God to reveal his goodness in a greater way?
  • How does this story help to reveal the spiritual significance of the cross of Calvary, when Jesus died?