Your Distress Can Birth a Champion
“All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.” 1 Samuel 22:2
David was one of the world’s greatest military leaders. We imagine he must have chosen the finest men of Israel to make up his army. Yet we find that David did not choose his army. Rather, his soldiers came to him in the most desperate time of their lives; they came to David not as military heroes but as men who needed help and refuge.
David was also at his lowest point – fleeing from his enemies and taking refuge in a cave. “All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.” 1 Samuel 22:2
These were the men who were broken and who had failed in their present system. A far cry from our image of young military prodigies in training. Yet these very men were the ones to become David’s famous ‘Mighty men’ – an army of such powerful military force that many of them are named and their acts of valor recorded in the Bible. This army who were at one time a weak, distressed and in debt group of people went on to personally finance a large part of the building of the temple – (David’s mighty men were able to give millions when converted to our currency).
Sometimes failure in the worlds system will create a hunger in us for something more. These men turned their energy to another kingdom. When distress and disappointment came they allowed it to turn their hearts to another kingdom.
They could have allowed their pain to make them give up hope, shut down and become isolated. They could have submitted to the voice of fear when they needed to think clearly with a sound mind. Often the only way to think clearly in hard times is to gather together with others of the same heart. This is exactly what these men did – they rallied together under the hope of a new kingdom – these are the men who were done with personal pursuits and who wanted to seek something greater than their own personal success – they knew there was the hope of something greater ahead and they wanted to be part of it.
David, their leader, was not only a man of faith who wet their appetite to believe the God of Israel, but he was also a man of encouragement; he received the broken men with open arms seeing something greater for their lives. David was a shadow and a type of Jesus Christ, our Kingdom leader.
Activate these principles in your own life:
1. Allow the pain of your season to turn your heart and faith toward the hope of an unfailing Kingdom.
2. Don’t allow yourself to become isolated but surround yourself with people who can help you think with a sound mind.
3. Re-examine your life purpose. Ask God to redirect your purpose to be centered on His kingdom.
4. Make it your primary goal to seek God for His vision and purpose for your life. You must know your purpose in the kingdom, this will give you so much hope and energy for your life. It is so much greater than an ego centric life goal.