God our rewarder

1 Samuel 30: 21-25

21 Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow him and who were left behind at the Besor Valley. They came out to meet David and the men with him. As David and his men approached, he asked them how they were. 22 But all the evil men and troublemakers among David’s followers said, “Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, each man may take his wife and children and go.”

23 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. 24 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.” 25 David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this.

Reading this passage strikes a nerve in me. It says that those who battled and those who didn’t battle received the same share of the spoils! I think I would have behaved like the “evil men and troublemakers” complaining about the unfairness of it all. I risked my life to fight the Amalekites but these people didn’t contribute at all. It’s not fair!

But this principle brings great encouragement to those who are too weary to battle. Some seem to serve an unimportant role in church due to weariness, physical disability, sickness but based on this passage, the handicapped old lady that prays for the pastor week after week faithfully at home would get the same reward as the pastor preaching! This could be a rude shock to some but I believe it shows how God deals with us with heaps of grace. I say to those who seem to be blended into the background, feeling limited, weary and heavy-burdened: Do not lose heart as your reward will be as great as those who serve visibly in the forefront. Keep on serving the Lord as best you possibly can!

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