Corrupt and Worthless

When David came to the 200 men who had been too exhausted to go with him and had been left at the Wadi Besor, they came out to meet him and to meet the troops with him. When David approached the men, he greeted them, but all the corrupt and worthless men among those who had gone with David argued, “Because they didn’t go with us, we will not give any of the plunder we recovered to them except for each man’s wife and children. They may take them and go.” 1 Samuel 30:21-22 HCSB

I have had the privilege of working with many different people over my 40 years in full-time ministry. Most are wonderful people who work hard, get along well with others, and are always willing to do whatever is needed for the team. They work with integrity and display a good work ethic. Others are much like the corrupt and worthless mentioned in these Scriptures. They seem to hide and avoid hard work. Some do not volunteer to help when help is needed and merely watch others carry the load.

Samuel describes those men who did not want to share the plunder from the Amalekites with those who had stayed back as worthless and corrupt. This is not exactly how anyone would want to be described. No one would put that on his resume. They were corrupt and worthless because they were selfish and wanted to keep the plunder for themselves.

Challenge: How would God describe you? How would your fellow workers describe you? Always set a good example and do what is right in the eyes of the Lord. Think of others as more important than yourself and be willing to share with others who are in need.

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