Posted by: springsinthedesert | January 27, 2010

God Rewards Your Every Efforts

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 : 24

Have you ever felt that whatever you do for Christ is often unnoticed as your work is always ‘behind the stage’? Do you feel discouraged thinking that my efforts are not rewarded in this world? IF you are able to relate to that feeling, then today’s devotion is for you. God wants to speak to you from I Samuel chapter 30. Let me explain the context a little bit. David and his troop is coming back to Ziklag after a victory and they saw that the place was all burned up and the Amalekites had invaded the place and had taken captive their family, both small to great…their wives, sons and daughters all were taken away. David asked God’s guidance in this battle and decided to go against the Amalekites. Along with 600 men , he came to the brook Besor.

But we read in verse 10, “But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor”. So with the remaining 400, David fought the battle and recovered everything that was taken away from them. Nothing was lost..and David recovered them all. Along with the spoil of the battle and the wives and children that they fought back from the Amalekites, David and the 400 men returned to brook Besor and they were welcomed by the 200 men who stayed on the other side of the brook. But those who fought in the battle( 400 men) were not ready to share the spoil with the rest of the 200 who stayed back. David out of his wisdom handled this situation so beautifully and it made me thinking. 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.  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)

What made me think was that, if David , out of his wisdom could do something like that for his soldiers, how much more will Jesus, out of his love and faithfulness, will do for you and me.Those 200 men were just given the undramatic job of taking care of the supplies while the others did the ‘brave and always apreciated’ work at the battlefront. But remember, these people, all 600 of them along with David, had lost everything at Ziklag…and it was just mere grace from God that they recovered everything back from the Amalekites.Then how could they talk about dividing things up fairly?

We may not be often at the war fronts fighting the battle, but staying with the stuff on the other side of the brook. But the plunder of the battle is still ours, no matter whether we fought the battle or not. God considers you as part of the troop and will reward you same. You might think that your work is not noticeable when compared to the ministry others are doing.  God might have given you the task of praying for others while they are preaching to millions on crusades. Your work might be within four walls and could be seen only by God, but the plunder of that battle for which you had prayed is still yours. You might be chosen to put the chairs in the church while someone else is given the responsibility of evengelism…God sees you as a part of the same team, working for the same cause…the expansion of His Kingdom.

Never underestimate the task that God has given you. In due time, He can reveal your identity to the world and put you in the stage so that many can see what you are doing for Him. But that is totally His decision and will. Meantime, while you are still behind the curtain, I would like to encourage you with some simple words…your efforts are noticed by your Master, whether its seen by the outside world or not…And He will not show any difference in your reward..”All will share alike”..The one who stayed with the supplies and the one who went down to the battle.


Rani John


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