But God- It is More Blessed to Give Than to Recieve


But God Image_Color_CrossWe will continue our look at he first line of verse 5 of Psalms 23,

'You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.'

Last time we set the stage of David's circumstances. If you haven't read that, I encourage you to read it now. To say the least, things looked bleak for David and his friends. And then seemingly out of nowhere, David comes up with this line suggesting that his shepherd is going to prepare a table for him. As you recall, David has received word that Absalom is on his heels. I can imagine that one of David's lookouts sees people approaching in the distance and tells David of their approaching. Perhaps David goes to make sure it is Absalom and his army and how long he has to make a plan of defense. It is at this point we want to turn our Bibles back to 2nd Samuel 17: 27-29. Please take a minute and read these verses.

It is NOT Absalom and his army, but rather it is three princes and their troops and supplies! These three from various places were all covenant friends and allies of David's. When they had heard what was going on, they acted as only a covenant friend could act. Laying down their own comfort, at their own expense and putting themselves in danger they responded by not only bringing their men, but bringing ' beds, basins, earthen vessels, and food'. It was through them David's Shepherd would prepare a table for David! They 'knew' David and his men would be 'hungry, weary and thirsty in the wilderness'. This is often how our Shepherd meets our needs when we are in the wilderness, when we are in our valleys, our dark places. Through other members of His Body. When you hear of a brother or sister in Christ who is in need and have the thought of going to them and standing with them, go. Perhaps He will give you an idea of what they need, take it to them. Perhaps in some cases all you can do is lift them up in prayer- don't delay. If Shobi, Machir, and Barzillai had not acted as they did, no one except them would have known. Perhaps if they had stayed home, things wouldn't have turned out the way they did.

When I read this story, I am reminded of the parable our Shepherd told that we know as the Good Samaritan. I'd encourage us all to re read this familiar story. It is found in Luke 10, beginning in verse 30. Our Shepherd is committed to meeting our needs. He desired to use the Priest. Then the Levite. They declined. He used the Samaritan. Our Shepherd is not limited. He will use anyone who hears and responds to His voice. His perspective, which is available to us, is not that we 'have to' do this or that for someone, but rather that we 'get to' do this for them. He could use anyone. One of the reasons He wants to use is for our joy -' it is more blessed (happier) to give than to receive'. Therefore, let's listen to those ideas He gives us to bless others and experience His joy as a result.







If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“


Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.


You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.


What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!


I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!




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