Did you ever consider how difficult it was to travel long distances in Old Testament times? They didn’t have watering and feed stations every few miles as we do. To travel long distances required a lot of preparation. Often they would have to take their flocks with them, using them for food and sacrifices. Today we travel with our dog or cat or we catch a flight or drive to our destination with countless food choices and espressos on every corner. This truly is a day of abundance and ease.
But with all of our comforts and ease, we’re missing something very important-community. In I Chronicles 12 we read that mighty men-men skilled in warfare with their weapons of war-from the 12 tribes of Israel, came to anoint David king. At first glance this doesn’t seem to be problematic, but who’s going to feed these 350,000 hungry men who are traveling miles to this inaugural event?
Going to war required much more than moving military equipment. Going to war required families and extended families and friends to support the effort. 1st Chronicles 12:39 reports that these 350,000 soldiers were feasting with David for three days. Feasting on what?The text continues, “for their brothers had made preparation for them. And also their relatives . . . came bringing food on donkeys and on camels and on mules and on oxen, abundant provisions of flour, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, and wine and oil, oxen and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.”
Wow! Can you imagine bringing all of this to your next family reunion? Perhaps there’s something here that God would teach us. Many of Christ’s soldiers are battling the enemy on the front lines. They are short on provisions. Is God calling you with your abundance to come alongside and support the troops?