1 Samuel 30:22 KJV
Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart.
David and his men embarked on a rescue mission, but while they were en route, about 200 men grew so faint and weak that they couldn’t make it to the end. So obviously they missed out on the victory and more importantly, the spoil.
Upon their return, the leader in David, ordered that part of the spoil be given to the 200 though the couldn’t make it. As expected many protested strongly against this, but David stood his ground, so that it became a statute in his time.
I believe this move by David pleased the LORD a great deal, being a judge of motives and intents Himself. Once the intention was so clear, though the desired results wasn’t achieved, it was still merited to the 200 as success.
God applies the same principle to us, both for righteous and sinful acts. Whether or not you were able to go the long haul to achieve sin/righteousness, you actually received your reward just when you began… at that point when the motive/intent took seed in you. Wise up, the end doesn’t always justify the means. Intentions too count.
Have a blessed day.
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