A Sense of Belonging 

When David lost everything at Ziklag his men thought of stoning him, but he never gave up. The Bible tells as that he encouraged himself in the Lord. David inquired about what to do from God and then together with his men went after their enemies and fought for what belonged them.

Now, David could have resented his men for thinking about stoning him. He only had six hundred men with him, but two hundred of them were too weak to fight. He left the two hundred men at brook Besor and was determined to pursue his enemies with just a two third of his men. What did matter is that God was with David and his men. David knew that the battles of life are not won by might or power, but by the Spirit of God.

In his pursuit, David was able to defeat his enemies, recover everything and even collect spoils of war. Now the men who experienced the heat of battle never wanted to share the spoils of war. David did not accept this way of thinking. He made sure every one in Israel was included. David did the right thing.

In 1 Samuel 30:22-23 the Bible says,“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. Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the Lord hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand” (KJV). Due to what happened, David set up a rule that would include everyone. On that day the weak, strong, poor and the rich knew for sure that they “belonged”.

As a leader, David included everyone in Israel. On that very day, a rule was established to make sure every one was included. This is what we need today. A leader will make you know you belong to a bigger group and when called upon, you will fulfill your responsibilities with a great sense of belonging.

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