1Samuel 22:2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
David is now on the run. Saul wants to kill him. It might appear that the promise of being king was all a bad dream. Instead of a throne in a palace he is hidden in a cave. Then God begins to send men to him. Notice the quality of the men. They were in distress, in debt, and discontent. He became the captain over a bunch of losers. Not only is he in trouble and on the run but the men that God sends him are in the same condition.
These 400 men will eventually form the basis of the army that David will lead to victory. They will be with him to the throne. He will be king. God will use him and what looks like a ragtag band of bums will become a great army.
That sounds so much like the church. God calls together lost, undeserving sinners. He saves us. He gifts and equips us. In the beginning we may not look like much but before it is over we will sit with our king. He will lead us into battle. We will be victorious over sin, this world, Satan, and sit together with the Lord Jesus in His kingdom.
Several applications for today; you may say that you do not bring much to the table. You may think that you do not have much that God can use and you are right in your own power. But God can take what you are and if you will simply surrender to Him and obey He will do great things with you. Give Him who you are and let Him work in you and you will become a valued servant of the King.
Do not look at your brothers in Christ disparagingly. They may not look like much but when God gets through with them they will be fit servants of the king. Just remember none of us is anything when He calls us and saves us. It is never us and always Him that is important.
Next application for whatever leader that might be reading this; remember who you are working with, they arenâ€™t much but God is. He will take the little that we are and do great things. In a few chapters you will read of David and His great army. You will see Him as king. You will forget who these men are now and see them as God makes them. So many times leaders do not treat the new guys right.
We too quickly forget where we came from and who we were before Christ began to work in us. God is getting His team together, the local church. We might not look like much now but in a few chapters you will see us seated in the Heavenlies beside our great king.
When those that look like losers turn into great men of God, missionaries, pastors, godly wives and mothers, servants of the king just remember God made them. He took those in distress, debt and discontented and He put together a great team.