Text: 1 Samuel 29-31; Proverbs 29:1-14
When David’s temporary headquarters town, Ziklag, is overrun and plundered by the Amalekites, David sets hot in hot pursuit. The stakes are very high, as the bad guys have seized not only wealth and provisions, but people – the women and children. Along the way, some of the men are left behind at the brook Besor (1 Samuel 30:10), too exhausted to keep up. The party that continues catches up to the Amalekites, defeating them and recovering their loved ones and their stuff. The men who fought suggest that the plunder not be shared with the fellows who fell behind. David’s decision in this matter gives us a wise and good precept. He says,
“For as his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage. They shall share alike.” (1 Samuel 30:24).
We share our lives, our love and our treasure with our brothers and sisters in the Lord without regard for their accomplishments or limitations. Those who do the tasks which might seem lesser to us are serving as the Lord equipped and called them. The one behind the scenes washing pots and pans after the church supper is just as vital as the preacher or elder. All are alike valued, loved, and blessed by the Lord by His grace, forgiveness, and the riches of our inheritance in Him. We don’t measure out the benefits of life in the body of Christ based on who has done what. We are family, and so we share just as David decreed.
in Him, Mike