And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men. — 1 Samuel 22:2, ESV.
Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men who helped him in war. — 1 Chronicles 12:1, ESV.
What do we see in others?
When others come to us with their needs, do you see the hidden values within them? Or will you be disgusted by their current predicament and avoid them?
David saw each and every one of them through the eyes of God. He recognizes the hidden potentials of all the people who approached him. Whatever conditions they’re facing, be it indebtedness, distress, or bitter in soul, David welcomed them.
The Bible wrote little to tell us the effort David placed in all of them to mold them into the warriors and mighty men the Bible said they were. However, we also know that the work of educating and helping the needy wasn’t accomplished solely through human hands.
Further down in 1 Chronicles 12, we learned that the Holy Spirit worked in the hearts of these men, driving them to support David and to be united with him (ref: 1 Chronicles 12:18). It was this partnership with the Holy Spirit that allowed David to concentrate on what’s most important: holding onto the promise of God that he will one day shepherd Israel.
Do we look at others through the eyes of God? Do we see beneath the needs and struggles of others and recognize their innate values and potentials? Do we partner with the Holy Spirit in providing their needs? Do we partner with the Holy Spirit to release the hidden potentials of each and every individual who is following our lead?
You’d never know. These people you help today might be the ones God will use to bring you victories tomorrow!
Our Father in heaven, I thank You for the wonderful work of Your hands. I thank You for laying all the groundworks and preparing all that we need in order that we can accomplish what You have predestined us to do.
Father, we are sorry for taking matters into our own hands. We judge situations based on our own understanding, we see people with our biased stereotypes. Father, we did not look at others from Your perspective.
Father, help us look at earthly things from Your perspective. Holy Spirit, open our eyes so that we may see the wondrous work of Your hands. Soften our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh so that we may partner with You to unleash the potentials of the people under our lead, accomplishing the calling that You’ve predestined us to accomplish.
I pray all these in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.