“Who does God use to build a mighty army?”

David’s “mighty men” were listed in 2 Samuel 23:8-39 and 1 Chronicles 11:10-47. He had 3 mightiest men and listed their names and exploits. Then he listed 3, of the 30 chiefs, who broke through the enemy’s camp, drew up water from the well in his hometown, and brought it back to him. The second three joined David at the Cave of Adullam, (see 2 Samuel 23:13 and 1 Chronicles 11:15).

“…it happened shortly after David had fled from Saul, when men first began to gather to his cause . . .” New International Version Study Bible Notes on 2 Samuel 23:13

1 Samuel 22:2, “There gathered to him every one that was in distress, and every one in debt, and every one that was discontented. So he became captain over them.” Modern English Version

God used those in distress, those in debt, and those that were discontented. He also used members of David’s family; verse 1 tells us all his father’s house went down to him there. Joab was the nephew of David, and became commander of his army, (see 2 Samuel 8:16; 20:23; 1 Chronicles 11:16; 18:15; 27:34). Abishai, Joab’s older brother, was chief of the thirty mighty men, (see 2 Samuel 23:18 and 1 Chronicles 11:20).

David’s mighty men ran from Saul and honed their skills for 15 years! There is no greater teacher than experience. The good news is, those men did not stay in distress, in debt, or discontented. After 15 years they were willing to die for David.

Dear Father God,

Forgive me for any time I assumed someone was disqualified from service. We are all works in progress. Let me see people as you see them.

In Jesus Name,


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