This week we focus on yet another lesser-known example of stewardship in the Bible that parallels our main message series, Bible Oddities, a story of mutual stewardship among King David and his soldiers (2 Samuel 23:8-17).
Along with his loyal warriors, David was fleeing for his life from the rebellion led by his son Absalom. David wished longingly, but rather thoughtlessly, for water from the well of Bethlehem, which was heavily guarded by the Philistines. Three of David’s soldiers overheard him, and fought their way through to the sacred well to bring David some of its water.
But, to their surprise, David would not drink what they had risked their lives to obtain; he poured the water out on the ground instead (23:14-16). So are we to think David didn’t really want it, or appreciate his soldiers’ efforts to get it for him? No, he wasn’t rejecting their sacrifice or the water itself; rather, he was admitting their sacrifice was too great and
the water too special for just him to drink it selfishly.
David’s action teaches us something: We should not selfishly live our lives for ourselves. He poured the water out on the ground as a sacrifice to the Lord to return it to its source. Likewise, we should take the priceless gifts that God has given us and pour them out in sacrifice and service to him and to others and not just keep them to ourselves.
As stewards, we should give God the first and best of everything we have, including our efforts and possessions, because God will reward us with even more than what we gave up.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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