The Gifting of the Plunder

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

“When David reached Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, Here is a gift for you from the plunder of the Lord’s enemies.’” (I Samuel 30:26; emphasis mine)

plunder: that which is taken by open force from an enemy

(Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary)

Plunder, an oft’ encountered word throughout the pages of Israel’s history, yet it’s not just an ancient physical reality. Living life outside the pages of the Old Testament—in the pages of our own personal narratives, this present side of the New Testament age in which you and I are living—there is plunder for the taking, plunder we gain from doing spiritual battle with the enemy. It’s war’s spoils we are spiritually enriched by, the heavenly blessings birthed from our hard fought, hard won battles.

But it’s not just meant to be hoarded for ourselves.

No, it's gained treasures we're meant to gift to others.

It’s the comfort we provide another because we’ve been comforted by "the God of all comfort" when fears consumed and the weapons of warfare wounded.

It’s the life-giving, peace-producing encouragement we speak into the heart of one so low, so discouraged that hope seems lost, though from our own personal struggles we know, indeed, it’s not.

It’s the lesson learned we pass along to another, the TRUTH brought to bear in the epic battles of our own experiences.

It’s the testimony we share—living evidence of God’s grace, mercy and love, provision, peace and presence—that inspires someone else to trust in the One who can always be trusted.

It’s the service we give from the task we’ve been entrusted—ministry, perhaps, birthed from the pain. . .yes, even the failures, of our own personal warfare.

It’s the intercession we make, entering God’s throne room on behalf of another wounded, weary soldier because our own battles have taught us the undeniable, unstoppable power that’s unleashed through prayer.

It’s the praise and worship we bring—praise that’s become greater and worship that’s become truer, gushing from the heart of one that’s gone toe to toe with the enemy and has experienced God’s preserving presence and saving power.

It’s the ULTIMATE GOOD that comes out of the harm the enemy intended, as evidenced in the life of Joseph (Genesis 50:20) and countless other God followers throughout Scriptures—all culminated in the great salvation story of Jesus Christ.


As faithful followers of the Savior, as staunch servants of the One True God, you and I are in a battle. And not just occasionally—a here and there skirmish or ruckus—but an all out war. Make no doubt, our identity in Christ categorizes us as enemies of “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2), the “ruler of this world” (John 12:31) who “has blinded the minds of unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Scripture states clearly that he knows his time is short. And so, with intense fury, the great lion prowls about “seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8).

His mission? To keep souls from entering the Savior’s safe-keeping.

His method? Targeting the Savior’s disciples, in order to upset their effectiveness in growing God’s kingdom by shining their light in darkness and making disciples.

But here’s the amazing reality: Even when the enemy’s fiercely attacking, even when he’s doing everything he can to offset our effectiveness and upset the Heavenly mission—just as he did with a host of humans, as testified through the pages of the Bible—our Sovereign God, in His unexplainable, unstoppable power, is able to take what the enemy meant for evil and bring ultimate good from it in our lives and the lives of others.

For His gain and great glory.

For humanity's eternal good.

Fellow sojourner, fellow soldier in the battle, like David did, no matter how battered and weary you might be or no matter how unusable you might feel, choose to share your spoils of war with another. Pick up the plunder you’ve gained through your own hard fought battles and pour out a blessing on someone else. Put it to use.

For the good of another and the expansion of God's Heavenly kingdom, don't hold back. Just do it.


And one final thought. . .

As Christians, we often quote Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose." Truly, this is a most comforting promise, especially during times of battle. But, as responsible students of God's Word, when we consider this promise we shouldn’t just consider it in isolation but in context of its surrounding verses.

The very next thought Paul communicates after verse 28 is not about how God works out an earthly happily ever after outcome or that in the “all things,” which certainly includes the battle's battering and the bad, it’s all going to end up to an acceptable end—for the good—according to our limited mind's understanding. Though God, in his infinite goodness, kindness and grace, and a myriad of other characteristics, so often does bring about personally desirable outcomes in his beloved children's earthly situations, the ultimate good that Romans 8:28 is referencing is found in the next verses: “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be confirmed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Years ago, God’s Spirit helped me to see that, ultimately, the good that God works out in His child’s life is conformity to his Son's image through the work of the Spirit, for the ultimate goal of exalting Christ so others will be added into the Father's great family.

Ultimately, the good that God is after in you and me is the showcase of the great salvation story found in Jesus Christ, the One who fought the battle for us and whose ultimate sin payment and plundering of Satan made possible the good that makes all the difference.

Right here, right now.

And for all eternity.

Therefore, because we are such blessed recipients of such eternal good, let's never stop gifting our good plunder to others.

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