The Gift of His Strength
Day: 30 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel
Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 30
1 Samuel 30:23-24 (NIV) “David replied, ‘No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the LORD has given us. He has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us. Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.’”
Have you ever felt abandoned by people you were counting on? Do you know what it’s like to be let down? David did. 1 Samuel 30 records that 200 of David’s 600 men were too exhausted to continue on as he led his army to take revenge on the Amalekites and save their families. Those who stayed behind were simply too worn out to press on.
This was a desperate situation. The very lives of their families were hanging in the balance! Despite the loss of soldiers, David and his remaining 400 men successfully defeat the Amalekites and regain their possessions and families.
When they return home, some of David’s men don’t think the 200 should share “the plunder we recovered” (1 Samuel 30:22b). But David insists that all the families share in the spoils.
This passage contrasts the difference not only between David and the men who fought on, but also the men who stayed behind. The passage intends for David to be the model we follow, but the “why” of David’s model-worthy behavior is tucked there in 1 Samuel 30:6, “David found strength in the LORD his God.”
When faced with the heart-wrenching circumstances of life, the strength that sustains us only comes from the Lord. Without His help, we will grow weary and either give up or need rest when the battle rages on.
We can soldier on, like the 400 who stayed, but if we do not rely on His strength, bitterness often takes root. We will give ourselves credit for persevering and hanging in there when others couldn’t. We will not only get puffed up at our perseverance, we will indict the “quitters” who didn’t stay the course with us.
Only when we find our strength in God can we finish the fight well. And when we do finish well, we will give God the glory He alone deserves.
When the others wanted to punish those who didn’t fight, David graciously shares the wealth the Lord has granted them.
Because David knows that when God provides for us, we can freely provide for others. David saw God as the source not just of their triumph, but also their treasure. (1 Samuel 30:23)
When we take credit for good things, we often think we have the right to control and keep those good things. When we give God His glory for the good in our lives, we will often respond by giving generously.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want a heart like David’s. Thank You for his example. When life is hard, help me to lean into Your strength. And when You give me the strength I need, help me not to take credit for the good You bring into my life. I want my generosity to flow from the glory You deserve. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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