Strong Support of Friends

Surround yourself with people who will give you strong support. That’s what jumped out at me from 1 Chronicles 11-12. David as King became powerful because God was with him. And, one of the ways God was with him was by sending strong, noble, and faithful men to surround David. Are you a leader of a work team, a family, or a small group? Surround yourself with people who will give your leadership strong support like David’s “Mighty Men” did.

David’s Mighty Men. I love that title! They were strong warriors who took their stand in the middle of the fray and defended their territory to bring victory. God sent those men to David. 1 Chronicles 12:18 says, “Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said, ‘We are yours, O David! We are with you, O son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.'” God-directed men and God-directed words. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by friends who said those words to you on a regular basis?! Verse 22 of that same chapter says that, “Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.” If you are surrounded by godly people whom God sends to surround you, that is in a sense being supported by the army of God. And some had special discernment of what to do next. 1 Chronicles 12:32 says, “Men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do” were also with David. 200 of them. What a great feeling to have that kind of support! 1 Chronicles 12:40 says that at the beginning of David’s reign there was great celebration and feast “for there was joy in Israel.” 

I’ve seen this happen at a recent women’s retreat. Women who were hurting and needing fresh support, even coming to the retreat alone and feeling alone beforehand, were completely surrounded by a whole army of women who said, “We are with you!” The lonely began feeling supported by God’s army of women. And, I’ve seen evidence of that support continuing beyond the retreat. That creates a sense of joy in everyone involved—the needy ones and those coming alongside to support them. I look forward to seeing how God continues His work there.

Yep. We all need someone to have our backs. God does have our backs already as He goes before us, behind us and all around us (Psalm 139). And, He uses people to do that work for Him. Thank you, God, for those people in my life!

More Resources:

The Joy of God’s Presence (2 Chronicles 5-7)

Old Testament Disciplemaking (2 Chronicles 17-20)

Fear of Consequences Motivates Obedience (2 Chronicles 29-31)

God’s Steadfast Love (2 Chronicles 32-34)

Reboot Renew Rejoice Bible Study of 1 & 2 Chronicles (download pdf)

Melanie Newton is the founder of Joyful Walk Ministries, an online ministry that helps women learn to study the Bible for themselves and grow their Bible-teaching skills to lead others on a joyful walk with Jesus. Melanie has written many Bible study guides (available on Bible.org and her website) and presented insightful messages to large groups of women. All of her BIble Studies are available as books on Amazon.com. Melanie is wife to Ron Newton (“Integrity at Work” ministry), loves to be outside in her garden, and enjoys her yearly fix of boiled crawfish.

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