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Friday, February 10, 2017
I Chronicles 12:38-40 Thought/Prayer: Someone in the Kitchen. Topics: 2 at end.
“All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king. And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brothers had prepared for them. Moreover they that were near them, even to Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel.” (AKJV) (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)
We see here that there was much kindred spirit in Israel and among the ranks of soldiers regarding making David king over all Israel. It is interesting to note, then, that these men spent three days celebrating – and that “. . . their brothers had prepared for them.” It doesn’t say who the brothers were, but it’s obvious that someone was in charge of the food for this growing group!
In verse 40, we see what they brought. These provisions that sound great: Bread, meat, meal, cakes of figs, raisins, wine and oil. Yes, there was a food-supply overseer and, although not mentioned, cooks! Someone had to create something to eat from the meal and oil, etc. Yes, behind an army there must be someone in the kitchen! Those in any battle must always gain strength from food.
In sports, there are always those behind the scenes – maybe not cooks as such, but the players must, of course, eat. And then, as in football, there are all of the sideline support folks including those who provide drinks all during the game. There is the chain crew moving yard markers here and there; and of course, coaches on the sidelines who communicate with those in the coaching box up above. In Israel’s army, there were probably many who planned and called strategy it would seem. And there were those who took care of the equipment.
In pro-LIFE work, there are many behind the scenes who give necessary support. Perhaps the most unseen are those who pray. But there are also secretaries and financial folks and those who take care of busses and signs and all varieties of necessary pieces of equipment – and even food. An across-the-country tour to stand for LIFE requires food!
Lord, we see that today, basic aspects of war are still in existence and are as necessary as in the day of David when men came together with different duties and skills to go for victory. Help us to value each and every one who contributes, whether publicly seen and more easily recognized and possibly praised, to those unseen who also support and make many unseen aspects “happen.” Even in the kitchen.
Topics: Pray for all who are behind the scenes in pro-LIFE work, that they be heartened to the task, though possibly menial and maybe unrecognized.
Dr. Peggy Elliott Ministries