Bible in 365: Day 136
2 Samuel 16-18
The little things are important too:
Today we read about the battle between David’s men and Absalom’s men. In the midst of this account, one little thing stood out to me. Just after David and his men crossed the Jordan, we read what some people in the surrounding area did:
“[They] brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk for David and his people to eat. For they said, ‘The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.’”
Why was this even mentioned? It must have truly meant something to David and his men. They must have been grateful for such a gesture and refreshed after refueling their bodies for the battle ahead. It was so important that the men who physically brought all this stuff were mentioned by name: Sobi, Makir, and Barzillai.
So how does this apply to our own lives? Sometimes, those of us in the church who have a less than public ministry to the church body may at times feel it is unimportant or not valuable, but just the opposite is true! These men, who did not fight for Israel yet supplied their needs, assisted and supported the king just as much as those men who fought.
I do not know about you, but I am so grateful for the men and women who serve in these supportive capacities in my own church: those who clean the bathroom, mow the yard, prepare snacks for the children who come to our Wednesday night classes, and well, the list could go on and on.
If this is you, just know that your role is crucial to God’s kingdom, and if He wrote about it, you would be mentioned by name in the account of the amazing works of the body of Christ.