Last week I shared about Saul who hid among the baggage at his coronation ceremony. He allowed his “baggage” of insecurity and fear to be a snare, ultimately ending his rulership. It sabotaged God’s calling on his life.
David on the other hand, when it was time to meet Goliath and move to the next level of God’s purpose in his life, “…left his baggage in the care of the baggage keeper and ran to the battle line…” (1 Samuel 17:22ESV) He didn’t allow his past to keep him from God’s divine plan!
This week the Lord gave me another thought on this baggage subject.
When David and his men came to Ziklag in 1 Samuel 30, the entire city had been burned down and their wives, children, and belongings taken by the enemy. They had literally lost everything. But strengthened and directed by the Lord, David pursued his enemies. 400 of his men joined him while 200 stayed behind with the baggage, too exhausted to join in.
David and his 400 men were victorious, recovering all the wives, children, flocks and belongings—plus the spoils from the enemy! When they returned to the 200, some in his army refused to share the spoils with them. David responded, “You shall not do so, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us. He has preserved us and given into our hand the band that came against us. Who would listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage.” (1 Samuel 30:23-24)
Here’s the thought. There are those of us as believers who by the grace of God have been able to leave the baggage of the past behind and march on to plunder the enemy and walk in victory. We’ve recovered things that have been stolen and are living a new life of freedom! Praise God! But there are those believers who are too exhausted from the attacks of the enemy and battles of life. Some have simply have stopped to stay with their “baggage” rather than march on.
In light of this, we must be careful that we don’t respond as some of David’s army did. It’s easy for those of us who have tasted victory to look down on others and think “get your act together.” But we mustn’t exclude, degrade, or look down on those who have chosen not to fight and stayed with their “baggage.” It’s only by God’s mercy that we aren’t in the same situation! Rather, we must be like David and show compassion, patience, encouragement, sharing the spoils of our victory with them!
-Pastor Chris Davis, KCB