He Would Not Drink

He Would Not Drink By Kirk Hunt

And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord.

2 Samuel 23:17–18 NKJV
Please also read 2 Samuel 23:15–19

 

In a moment of human weakness, David wished out loud for something he knew he could not have. Through cunning, skill and boldness three of David’s finest soldiers risked their lives to bring David a canteen of water. In humility and reverence, David would not drink.

Once these three men had been losers. Or whiners. Or deadbeats. After their time with David they had been transformed into mighty men. Their hard-won heroism, skill and courage had transformed mere water into an offering fit only for God.

To the untrained eye, the canteen was full of water from a specific well. To spiritual eyes, the precious vessel was full of the blood of living champions. David instinctively knew only God was worthy of their offering.

As leaders in God’s Kingdom, we are privileged: we get to help men and women become champions for, and in, God. And when they are so much more than anyone expected, there is a temptation to think more of ourselves than we should. Like David, we must keep our awe of God’s power and humility regarding our role as God’s instruments.

Fulfill the role God has given you. Be pleased when the “least of these” become mighty men and women. Remember it is His power that transforms souls.

Think: They become champions because of God’s power, not mine.

Pray: “Lord, thank you for guiding me to help others.”

 

Copyright © January 2018, Kirk Hunt

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At All Times

At All Times By Kirk Hunt

A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17 NKJV

I hate the need for “at all times” calls. “I know it is short notice, but…?” “Can you come, now, then…?” “I hate to ask but we are at the emergency room, so…”

I may grumble and grouse as I get off of the couch. I do not always think the kindest thoughts on the way over. Still, when I get there, I do all I can to be cheerful, joyous and helpful.

Love is not a feeling. Love is a choice, followed by action. Especially during 2 AM crises.

Being a friend, a Gospel brother or sister, can be inconvenient at times. Godly men and women find themselves helping at the strangest times and oddest places. Worse, you could be the one being assisted.

I know what it is like to be the giver. I also know what it is like to be the receiver. Sooner, or later, you will know both sides. It is part of the human condition and being part of God’s family.

When you share your strength and patience, especially with a Gospel brother or sister, you are building God’s Kingdom. As your Godly friend comes to help you, he or she is building into your life. Either way, God is pleased.

One day, stuff will happen. A night will come when your brother or sister will need you. This is why God gave them to you, and you to them.

Think: Real brothers and sisters help others, especially within the Gospel family.

Pray: “Lord, help me to be a true brother or sister during adversity.”

 

Copyright © December 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Next To You

Next To You By Kirk Hunt

And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Even my father Saul knows that.”

1 Samuel 23:17 NKJV

Jonathan, the Crown Prince of Israel, declared he would never be king. Despite his age, position and lineage, Jonathan openly stated that David would be the next king. Jonathan freely declared “I shall be next to you” as good news to his friend and protégé.

Deep down, we all want to sit the “big chair” somewhere in our life and work. Do you know the will of God enough, and have self-control enough, to say, “You, not me.” Are you man or woman enough to be glad for your friend, despite their jump in line?

Deep in the woods, where David hid from a death warrant, Jonathan spoke gladly of David’s coming dynasty. Jonathan would stand, or kneel, next to David’s throne and be glad of the privilege. Only a Godly man or woman can be so pleased to be “passed over” for promotion, even for a friend.

The common wisdom is that Jonathan should have led the bounty hunters to David’s hiding place. He could have executed David himself. Instead he encouraged his friend, the outlaw. Jonathan cheerfully pointed to a time when he would no longer be Crown Prince.

Do you love God’s plan more than the big promotion? Are you willing to push God’s choice to the position that should be yours? Are you glad in your heart?

Think: Do I know my place? Am I willing to be glad, despite not getting the top spot?

Pray: “Lord, help me to know, and be glad of, my place in Your Kingdom.”

 

Copyright © September 2017, Kirk Hunt

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In The Woods

In the Woods By Kirk Hunt

Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God.

1 Samuel 23:16 NKJV

Jonathan, the Crown Prince of Israel snuck out a side door and traveled across the miles. There, in the woods, he found the outlaw the King wanted dead. Knowing his own father wanted this criminal executed; Jonathan embraced his friend and strengthened David’s Godly faith and hope.

Maybe you are the man everyone turns to for strength. Perhaps you are the woman others rely on for courage. No matter your standing or track record, you will eventually need encouragement “in the woods.”

Unjustly a fugitive, and hunted for his very life, David fled alone into the wilderness. At first only castoffs, deadbeats and losers came to him, looking for a handout. Despite his successes in turning those men into champions, David needed encouragement in the wilderness of Ziph. Thankfully for him, and eventually us, Jonathan strengthened his hand in God.

Real men and women have limits. You can only be so strong, so long, for others. Sooner, or later, you need someone to come to a lonely, isolated place and pour at least a little help and encouragement on you.

Before David sat the throne he walked (or ran) the woods. Before he became an ancestor of Christ, David’s soul cried out for an encouraging word and a moment of reassurance. Jonathan appeared at a dark and cold moment in David’s life and brought light and warmth.

In your woods, let them come. Accept the blessing they bring. God is answering your need.

Think: God will provide encouragement and reassurance in my difficult places.

Pray: “Lord, I accept the encouragement and blessing You send.”

 

Copyright © September 2017, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press. You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.