1 Chronicles 12:1 The following are those who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul son of Kish; they were among the mighty warriors who helped him in war. 2 They were archers, and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right hand or the left; they were Benjaminites, Saul’s kindred… 8 From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and who were swift as gazelles on the mountains…21 They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all warriors and commanders in the army. 22 Indeed from day to day people kept coming to David to help him, until there was a great army, like an army of God.
David was chosen by God to replace Saul as king of Israel, but Saul was certainly not going to cooperate with the succession. He resisted David, sending men to search for David to put him to death. So David was a young man with no army and no formal authority in Israel – fighting a king. The odds were not in David’s favor. Yet our passages tells of how God created an army for David from nothing – an “army of God” (v.22).
When God calls someone to serve, God also provides all that is needed. Even an army.
Lord give us grace to trust you, that you will give to us all we need to serve your purposes. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.