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Made Mighty

1 Samuel 22:2
And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.

Distressed, indebted, discontented. Not exactly the group of people you’d choose to build a kingdom with. In addition, you’re responsible for your family who is now fearful for their lives (how to deal with that is a whole other issue). David, who had experienced many victories and had served Saul faithfully, is respected and admired by many (18:30). Still, the only people who gather to him are the 3 d’s – the people who are frustrated with life.

Over these years it does seem like that’s the kind of people who have gathered at NH. They might not have come to us in that immediate condition, nevertheless they often find themselves fitting this description. It seems like a lot of work, especially when you are fighting for your own survival.

The bigger picture is that these people are also the source of David’s “mighty men.” These people become warriors and stand with him through his own challenges. “Mighty men” are not found, they are made, or rather healed, restored, delivered. It is the process of coming out that equips them for the future.

Lord, let it be at NH that we become a mighty people.

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