Staying by the Stuff

In I Samuel chapter 30, we find David and his men discouraged by the fact that, while they were away, their wives and children had been taken captive by the Amalekites. We read in verse 8 that David inquired of God if he should pursue after the Amalekites, and God told him to do so.

As David and his men began to pursue the enemy, 200 of David’s 600 men became so fatigued and faint that they could not continue in the battle, and stayed by the brook Besor while David and the 400 remaining troops went after the Amalekites.

The Bible tells us that David and his 400 men were victorious in overcoming their enemies, recovering all that had been taken from them, and everything else the Amalekites possessed as well! As they traveled back to meet the 200 men who were so weak they had to remain behind, some evil men told David that the 200 should just take their wives and children and go on their way, but not have any of the “spoils” of the battle (v. 22). David did not agree with them!

David understood that those who had remained behind still had a part in the victory even though they were not part of the fighting. He said, “But as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike” (v. 24).

These 200 men did not quit. They did not give up. They at least “stayed by the stuff.” In so doing, they made the work of the 400 easier by watching their “stuff.”

Sometimes in the battles of life, we are tempted to quit or throw in the towel, but we can at least “stay by the stuff.” If you think you are too weary to face the heat of battle, don’t quit! You can still help win the victory if you will “stay by the stuff.”

The truth of the matter is, we all get weak sometimes. We all get weary at times. There are times when we are tempted to quit. But stay by the stuff! Be faithful to the Lord! Be faithful to His Word! Be faithful to His Church! Don’t give up or give in, and you will see the victory!