Share the Spoil

by Joanna Deffner on July 31, 2019

Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart…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 30:22, 24, KJV).

Prior to I Samuel 30, David and his men had been off fighting a battle. They were exhausted, wounded, and ready to relax. But, life had a different agenda. Upon their return to Ziklag, they discovered the Amalekites had invaded, burnt everything, and took the women and children as captives. (Don’t you love being kicked while you’re already down?) God instructed David to pursue the enemy, so he, and his army of 600 war-ravished men, immediately set off to engage in yet another battle.

Just to put this in context, these men didn’t just walk a few blocks across town. They journeyed quite a distance to get to Amalekite territory. They traveled until the brook of Besore, and it was there, 200 men utterly collapsed. Previous travel, fighting bad-guys, and new a work assignment without any time to rest and refuel was too much. Their bodies literally gave out.

Leaving the 200 behind, the remaining 400 men went on and prevailed in battle, striking down the Amalekites. The Lord blessed the men tremendously. They were victorious in battle and able to recover everything taken from them, including their families! God even aided the men in capturing all the Amalekites flocks and herds. They headed back home with their hands and hearts full!

All parties met up at the brook of Besore. I’m sure there was rejoicing as even more families were reunited. But, a few wicked men brought a little rain on the parade. Feeling they had done all the work in defeating the Amalekites, they announced to David they didn’t want to share the spoils with the 200 men who had stayed behind. Wow—way to turn a positive situation into a bad one guys.

David’s response gave everyone a different perspective; he revealed how these men played a vital role in the overall victory. The 200 men were watching over everyone’s provisions back at the brook of Besore. I don’t know all of what this entailed, but I’m sure they had to protect them from other enemies or even wild animals. This wasn’t easy work! When the 400 men went into battle, they were no longer burdened down by carrying provisions. They now had increased strength and energy to defeat the Amalekites! David proclaimed all men would receive their fair, equal share of the spoil.

How does this story relate to us today? We’re all in a battle for our lives against our greatest enemy, Satan. When tests/trials come back-to-back, everyone becomes tired and weary. Our fatigue can get the best of us at times and cloud our judgment. If we’re not careful, we can lose sight of the fact that others are fighting too. We may not all be doing the same things, but we’re all engaged and we’re all fighting.

We can wrongly convince ourselves we’re doing the bulk of the work and that we’re the only ones deserving of a reward. We can mistakenly think our job’s harder or trial worse than someone else, and therefore, deserve more. We must realize everyone has different tasks at various points in this global, spiritual battle. We’re all working in different areas of the battlefield. We’re all fighting. And, we all deserve blessings from our Lord and Savior.

If you see a brother or a sister who has collapsed mid-struggle, don’t be critical. Don’t think you’re better than them. Don’t believe you deserve more than they do. Instead pray for them, reach out to help where you can, and don’t forget to share the spoil. We’re all in this together, and we’re all trying to make Heaven our home.