Many of us have heard of David’s mighty men. At the end of David’s life, these men, and some of their amazing feats, are recorded in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11. These men single-handedly killed hundreds of enemies, and they brought about great victories against varying nations such as the Philistines and Moabites. Each of these mighty men has been recorded in God’s Word, and they have been read about for thousands of years, and their accounts will live on forever. As Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” I would even venture to guess that these are the greatest warriors in the history of mankind. No other men have been recorded in the Bible, from the beginning of the earth and mankind, solely for their heroic acts in battle…
But the most glorious thing about these mighty men is how they started out. Here is a verse from the beginning of David’s flight when he was hunted by King Saul,
“David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.” (1 Samuel 22:1,2 NKJV)
These men were not nobles of the land joining up with the popular general as some might think. They were the losers, the outcasts, and the broken-hearted. They were men of bitter heart (as the hebrew word for disconted implies) gravitating toward a fellow outcast. An outcast that had not asked to be their captain, but simply was.
I love this passage so much because I was, and am, a loser. I was full of distress, debt, and a bitter heart when I came to Jesus and he took me in, and made me new. I was 23 years old with no college education, no money (but plenty of debt), living at home, a complete drunkard, and heading for much worse, but God still loved me, and called me into His glorious light.
God takes what the world considers to be worthless, and shows them that they have much value to Him, He uses the weak things of the world to show that He is strong, and takes those who have no hope and gives them an everlasting hope. He takes the lowest things in the eyes of the world, and does great things with them, so that we would all know God deserves all the glory in the world. 1 Corinthians 1 26-31 gives a great illustration,
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,that no flesh should glory in His presence.But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
These verses from Samuel and Corinthians give me much hope for my walk with the Lord because I know God can take a messed up loser and turn him into a mighty man. And, I thank God that He is so faithful to continue working on me, and molding me into the man He wants me to be, through all my fears and failures as a Christian.
We even see the shaky start, and the fear David’s men were experiencing in their first battle in 1 Samuel 23:2,
“But David’s men said to him, “Look, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?”
These men don’t seem too mighty at this juncture do they? These outcasts did not become valiant heroes overnight, but through trials and fear were refined and molded into the mighty men they became later in life.
As I put all these things together, I cannot help but to be overwhelmed with love and joy in my heart towards my God. As I pray that I would not set my mind on high things, associate with the humble, and not be wise in my own opinion (Romans 12:16), I look forward to seeing God complete the reclamation project he started in me, and I just want to thank and glorify Him all my days.
With love and grace, Cory