“But David said, ‘My brethren, you shall not do so with what the LORD has given us, who has preserved us and delivered into our hand the troop that came against us. For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike.’ So it was from that day forward; he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.”
1 Samuel 30:23-25, NKJV
The “wicked and worthless” men who went with David lacked any generosity toward those who had become too weak to fight any more battles. As “wicked and worthless” men they believed their good fortune and success in battle was from their strength and they deserved what they had recovered by their own effort. David, on the other hand, viewed every good fortune and every success in life as a gift from God to be shared with any and all who had suffered the same pain he had suffered and had continued to care about the battle’s outcome.
One sure sign a man is “wicked and worthless” is the absence of generosity toward one who is weaker. Only a person filled with the knowledge of God’s grace and strength with which we fight the enemy, will be generous like David. Whatever our good fortune may be in life, it is to be shared – shared with those who by reason of weakness were left behind to suffer and wait alone “by the supplies.”
Have you hit a “wall” in the battle? Can you stop and still be concerned about the battle and “stay by the supplies?” We are not all equally designed to deal with the physical, emotional, and mental strains of life. We each have limitations, and when we hit our personal “wall,” we must stop and be useful in other ways. When we stop, we must “stay by the supplies” of those who go on. It is one thing to stop at our limitation but it is another to go back and give up.
QUESTION: Whom do you feel justified in condemning for their weakness? Are you sure God agrees with your feelings toward them? What have you given to the weak lately?