This week, we continue our look at 1 Samuel 30 for lessons in leadership from the life of King David. Click here to read last week’s lesson in leadership.
“For The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”Luke 19:10
People sometimes think that there is shame in being in recovery. The truth of the matter is, we are all in or have been in recovery. At different times in our walk with God, we will recognize that the devil stole something from us and we have to recover it. It may be your quiet time that you used to spend with God has diminished. You may be lacking when it comes to reading the word. Or, your zeal for God’s house that used to consume you, is now down to a smoldering wick. Whatever you find lacking, don’t ever be ashamed to go into recovery mode. Don’t let the enemy fool you into staying on your feet — get down on your knees and enquire of the Lord.
David pursued what was rightfully his, and that is the attitude we should take. Peace belongs to us! Joy belongs to us! All the Blessings of God belong to us. “It is God’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom”, so let’s take authority like David.
17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.
18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.
19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.1 Samuel 30:17-19
After David recovered all, he advanced God’s Kingdom, by sharing the spoils with others:
20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drove before those other cattle, and said, This is David’s spoil.
21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him: and when David came near to the people, he saluted them.
22 Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart.
23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand.
24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.
25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.
26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD;1 Samuel 30:20-26
Everyone in the Kingdom is important, no matter what job they are doing. If they are doing it for God, then everyone in the family of God should enjoy the same spoils. We should continue to pray that there be no division in the Body of Christ. Hear Oh Israel, the Lord our God is one and His people should advance His Kingdom as one!