1 Samuel 30:23-24 - Tender Words to the Tired Heart.
1 Samuel 30:23-24 (NIV) David replied, "No,
my brothers, you must not do that with what the
LORD has given us. He has protected us and handed
over to us the forces 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."
1 Samuel 30:23-24 (NLT) But David said,
No, my brothers! Dont be selfish with what
the LORD has given us. He has kept us safe and
helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked
us. 24 Who will listen when you talk like this?
We share and share alike - those who go to
battle and those who guard the equipment.
Brook Besor. Don't feel bad if you've
never heard of the place. Most haven't, but more
need to. The Brook Besor narrative deserves shelf
space in the library of the worn-out. It speaks
tender words to the tired heart.
The story emerges from the ruins of
Ziklag. David and his six hundred soldiers return
from the Philistine war front to find utter
devastation. A raiding band of Amalekites had swept down
on the village, looted it, and taken the women
and children hostage. The sorrow of the men
mutates into anger, not against the Amalekites, but
against David. After all, hadn't he led them into
battle? Hadn't he left the women and children
unprotected? Isn't he to blame? Then he needs to die. So
they start grabbing stones.
This could be his worst hour.
But he makes it one of his best.
David redirects the men's anger toward
the enemy. They set out in pursuit of the
Amalekites. Keep the men's weariness in mind. They still
bear the trail dust of a long campaign and
haven't entirely extinguished their anger at David.
They don't know the Amalekites' hideout, and, if
not for the sake of their loved ones, they might
Indeed, two hundred do. The army reaches
a brook called Besor, and they dismount.
Soldiers wade in the creek and splash water on their
faces, sink tired toes in cool mud, and stretch out
on the grass. Hearing the command to move on,
two hundred choose to rest. "You go on without
us," they say.
How tired does a person have to be to
abandon the hunt for his own family?
The church has its quorum of such folks.
Good people. Godly people. Only hours or years
ago they marched with deep resolve. But now
fatigue consumes them. They're exhausted. So beat-up
and worn down that they can't summon the
strength to save their own flesh and blood. Old age
has sucked their oxygen. Or maybe it was a
deflating string of defeats. Divorce can leave you at
the brook. Addiction can as well. Whatever the
reason, the church has its share of people who just
sit and rest.
And the church must decide. What do we do
with the Brook Besor people? Berate them? Shame
them? Give them a rest but measure the minutes? Or
do we do what David did? David let them stay.
He and the remaining four hundred
fighters resume the chase.
David and his men swoop down upon the
enemy like hawks on rats. Every Israelite woman
and child is rescued. Every Amalekite either
bites the dust or hits the trail, leaving precious
plunder behind. David goes from scapegoat to hero,
and the whooping and hollering begin.
And what about the two hundred men who
You might feel the way some of David's
men felt: "Because they did not go with us, we
will not give them any of the spoil that we have
recovered, except for every man's wife and children" (1
A Molotov cocktail of emotions is
stirred, lit, and handed to David. Here's how he
defuses it: "Don't do that after what the Lord has
given us. He has protected us and given us the
enemy who attacked us. Who will listen to what you
say? The share will be the same for the one who
stayed with the supplies as for the one who went
into battle. All will share alike." (1 Samuel
Note David's words: they "stayed with the
supplies," as if this had been their job. They hadn't
asked to guard supplies; they wanted to rest. But
David dignifies their decision to stay.
David did many mighty deeds in his life.
He did many foolish deeds in his life. But
perhaps the noblest was this rarely discussed deed:
he honored the tired soldiers at Brook Besor.
Someday somebody will read what David did
and name their church the Congregation at Brook
Besor. Isn't that what the church is intended to
be? A place for soldiers to recover their
If you are listed among them, here is
what you need to know: it's okay to rest. Jesus
is your David. He fights when you cannot. He
goes where you cannot. He's not angry if you sit.
Did he not invite, "Come off by yourselves;
let's take a break and get a little rest" (Mark
Brook Besor blesses rest.
Brook Besor also cautions against
arrogance. David knew the victory was a gift. Let's
remember the same. Salvation comes like the Egyptian
in the desert, a delightful surprise on the
path. Unearned. Undeserved. Who are the strong to
criticize the tired?
Are you weary? Catch your breath. We need
Are you strong? Reserve passing judgment
on the tired. Odds are, you'll need to plop
down yourself. And when you do, Brook Besor is a
good story to know. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional
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Galatians 6:2 - Bear One Another's Burdens.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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