1Samuel 30:1-31, “26 Now when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, to his friends, saying, “Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the LORD”
The story of David always fascinates me; he was no strangers to hardship. He had a call of God in his life; it took years of learning experience in the sea of life as he waited for the promise. He depended on God, knowing God was in control in good and bad times. His experience shaped his character, kept him humble, and taught him how to be generous.
In this chapter, we see how David came home with his men only to find the Amalekites had invaded their camp capturing their wives, children, possessions then burnt the place down. David and his men lifted up their voices and wept until there was no more strength left in them. As David’s men conspired to stone him, vs. “6 … But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God”, I believe that when he encouraged himself in the Lord, he gathered strength and generously encouraged his men too. But that’s not the end of it. They then inquired of the Lord if they should pursue the enemies; the Lord gave them a green light. David and his 600 men left for battle, on the way, 200 men got weary and exhausted and were left behind. He continued with 400 men knowing that the victory was not in the number but in God. So they get there and destroy their enemies, vs. 18-20, “18 So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. 19 And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all. 20 Then David took all the flocks and herds they had driven before those other livestock, and said, “This is David’s spoil.”
David received double for his trouble. They were restored each man his family and possession and much more. As they travelled back to meet with the 200 who were left behind, his 400 men did not want to share the much more (spoils) with them. They were willing to give them back their wives, children and possessions but they were not willing to be generous with the spoils. Here is what the bible called them, vs. “22 … all the wicked and worthless men ….” They failed to understand that it was the Lord who blessed them and not their strength. And they were the first ones on the blessings however that did not mean they were to keep all the blessings to themselves. The Lord blesses us each differently not that we can accumulate blessings to ourselves; he blesses us so that we may be a blessing to others. In Africa we have what we call the HARAMBEE spirit, which means togetherness. That even if you are able to meet a need by yourself, the family, and community rally around you and generously blesses you.
Not only did David generously bless the other 200 men, he blessed others beyond his territory. Vs. “26 Now when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, to his friends, saying, “Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the LORD” … read the remainder of the chapter and you will see.
Generosity knows no bound, it’s not dictated by actions, it’s driven by kindness. It becomes harder when you look back at the battles you faced, trying moments others may have not gone through. Remember David could have kept everything to himself because of all his trouble, nevertheless he realized he was the first on the blessing, God allowed him to get there first for a reason despite the trouble. This is not a blessing to those who deserve it; it’s a blessing for those in need. Not all men battled but all received generously. Generosity is not a waste neither is it a loss. “What will make Jesus more valuable is when because of how precious He is to us that we sacrifice to the good of others so that it looks to them like we have a treasure somewhere else than in the stuff”, John Piper, I pray that we will shine for the Lord by how generous we are to the need of others. Blessings Ev