David strengthened himself in the Lord (v6); David inquired of the Lord (v8); David pursued (v9); David located the enemy stronghold (v15) and David restored all by warfare (v17). This pattern reveals a strategy for the hunter’s pursuit of the dropout believer. The Amalekites are likened to the devil. David’s wives are likened to the dropout believer. The devil has come into our camp, the body of Christ, and taken our precious ones, our brothers and sisters in Christ, back to the world. Now they are being held captive in a stronghold of the enemy.
- Where are they?
- How can we find them?
- What can we do when we find them?
- Are we strong enough to recover them?
These are the questions we must answer in order to understand the hunter’s strategy for restoration of the dropout believer. We are the modern-day hunters in pursuit of our precious fellow believers who are captive in the enemy’s stronghold. Will we take on the responsibility of the chase? True agape, selfless love, doesn’t even hesitate in its answer.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, beseech the Lord of
the harvest to send out laborers [hunters] into His harvest” (Luke 10:2).