Hope right and give back when get back more than you lost, it’s so natural to give back. Let’s look at what happened when David did that.
Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow him and who were left behind at the Besor Ravine. They came out to meet David and the people with him. As David and his men approached, he greeted them. 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." 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." David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this. When David arrived in Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, "Here is a present for you from the plunder of the LORD's enemies." He sent it to those who were in Bethel, Ramoth Negev and Jattir; to those in Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa and Racal; to those in the towns of the Jerahmeelites and the Kenites; to those in Hormah, Bor Ashan, Athach and Hebron; and to those in all the other places where David and his men had roamed. v21-31
Hope Right and Give Back
David got back more than he lost. He gave to those who did what they could. He also spread the wealth of the extra he took back to the Elders of Judah.
In a short while Saul and his line would be killed in battle. Guess who was the first to welcome David into his destiny as king?
The Elders from Judah were the ones to recognize his anointing first. It took seven years for the rest of the tribes agree he was the man to lead them. It took more bloodshed and time before his full destiny was realized. But would it have happened at all if he wasn’t generous with what he was given?
Have you been generous?
Are you generous with what God has been entrusting to you? I’m talking time and finances yes, but also talent and passion and skills. Are you generous and ready to bless others with that.
The other day Facebook was asking me to set up automatic responses to frequently asked questions. I don't get FAQ's often. The questions I usually get are RNTQ's – Randomly Non-linear Theological Questions.
I got one that same day. My first response was to not respond. That person I didn’t know could search my website and find a half dozen articles on the question they asked. Why should I do that legwork for them.
Then I remembered they were contacting me from another site and maybe didn’t see my teaching anywhere else. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I was being stingy. So I took the time and found those articles and sent back a response with those links for them to check out.
I don’t know if anything will come from that. I’m not sure anything has to. I had to be generous with my time and actions to honour God and obey His leading.
Hope right and give back benefit
And actually I was blessed reading some of the material I found on my website. What’s that Proverb? Those who refresh others will they themselves be refreshed.
It’s true. Be blessed as you bless others.
What is something you can give someone this week?
Can I help you bless others?
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