1 Samuel 30:18-19;21-24
18 David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and David rescued his two wives. 19 Nothing was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken. David brought back all…
21 Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow David, and who had been left at the brook Besor. And they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him. And when David came near to the people he greeted them. 22 Then all the wicked and worthless fellows among the men who had gone with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except that each man may lead away his wife and children, and depart.” 23 But David said, “You shall not do so, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us. He has preserved us and given into our hand the band that came against us. 24 Who would listen to you in this matter? 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.”
Like something out of a modern day vengeance themed movie, this passage is ripe with action and intensity. David and his men arrive in time to see their wives, families and belongings seized by the enemy. Earlier in this chapter, it tells us that David and his men wept until they literally had no strength left. Can you imagine this? Picture the scene. Despair, anger, fear, loss, grief and pain.
In today’s passage, we see David, as he became known for, taking action. The Amalekites were celebrating their supposed victory and successful pillaging, having no idea that David and his group of a few hundred were just over the way.
As we see, David and his men were victorious, but that is not what stands out the most in this passage. It is a story worthy of Hollywood Blockbuster status, but what leaves the highest mark in the text is the courage of David to risk all for the sake of others. Think about it, David could have simply led a quest to retrieve his family and his belongings.
True courage always has an impact on more than just ourselves. Even David, upon a successful rescue, returned and gladly gave to all in the camp, even those who did not necessarily “contribute” to the most recent mission.
Why? Because courage comes through when we think beyond ourselves.
God gives courage 1) to honor Him and 2) to bless others. Honoring God with your courage means we give, serve and share in ways we never thought we could. It draws us closer to God. Blessing others means that our courage is meant for more than ourselves.
What can you do today that will show courage to honor God and bless others? Reconcile a relationship, restore a union, admit a wrong, tell that friend or co-worker about what God is doing in your life, give sacrificially to a cause greater than your own?
God, may we all pursue wisdom and courage on our journey. Give us today the wisdom to know the right thing to do and the courage to do it. Remind us of why you give us opportunities to show courage and give us the strength to follow through.