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“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.”  I Samuel 30:24

David and his band of followers had been given refuge by King Achish, and were willing to go to battle with him, but the rest of the princes refused to have him.

When David and his men returned to the town where their families were, they found that it had been invaded, burned with fire, and all their women had been taken captive.  David was distressed because the rest of the people were so grieved, they spoke of stoning him.  But the Scripture tells us that David encouraged himself in the Lord, and after seeking the Lord, he and four hundred of his men pursued after the enemy.  They were successful in recovering their families and everything that had been taken. When they returned to the ones that had been left behind, David was ready to share the spoil with them, but the ones who had gone to battle resisted.  That is when David spoke these words in I Samuel 30:24.

Have you ever felt the enemy whisper to you that you are not important because you have not gone to the mission field, or accomplished anything great for the Lord?  This is not true.  Each one of us has a ministry to fulfill, and at different times in our lives, it may be only to “tarry by the stuff.”  How much would the missionaries, preachers, and evangelists be able to accomplish if there was not someone supporting them with prayer and finances?

John Milton says it well in his poem, “On His Blindness.”  He reflects that he has a place in God’s world despite his disability.

“God doth not need

Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best

Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state

Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed

And post o’er land and ocean without rest:

They also serve who only stand and wait.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you have called us all to be your servants.  We cannot all go and preach, but we can pray for those who do, and thus we share in the results of the harvest.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

“And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you:  I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you” (Isaiah 46:4).

Recently I read a perfect illustration of trust.  Have you ever noticed the expression of an infant being carried on the shoulder of his mother or father?  The baby’s face is a study in total relaxation and trust.  While the parent sees where the two are headed, the child can see only where they have been.  The infant is not worried about being at least five feet in the air because he trusts the one that is holding him.  God promises to carry us for a lifetime.

Prayer:   Lord, I want to trust You more.  I want to continue leaning on Your shoulder knowing that You knows the way to take me.  I am dependent on Your care, today.  Amen.

 

“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory…” from Philippians 4:19 in the Holy Bible, Amplified Version.

I have experienced this promise of God many times since choosing to follow Him. One such time stands out in my memory: Money was scarce, and what money we did have went to feed and clothe our four small children. I had gained so much weight, that none of my clothes fit me. I whispered a prayer to God asking for something to wear. The next day, on my doorstep was a paper grocery bag filled with clothes that fit perfectly! God liberally supplied my need that day, and He will do the same for you!

Prayer: Father, I’m so thankful that you have a liberal supply of blessings to give to your children! Bless me today and meet my material needs of clothing, food and shelter.

Devotion by Debbie Simler-Goff