You are not free until your arms are filled with treasures – until you got more out of the trial than the enemy took from you. – Beth Moore
The Old Testament is full of examples of God’s favor through trials. Leaders often went into battle against insurmountable odds, with no possibility of winning. But God always showed up and fought the battle for them, not only giving them victory, but allowing them to take spoils. According to God’s specific instructions, the people would gather the wealth and treasure of their defeated enemies and take them home. Some things were allowed to be kept, but others were set aside to be used for God’s glory.
Isn’t it the same with us? We often engage in battles we can’t win on our own, but God steps in, reigning victoriously over the situation. He has spoils for us, too. He allows us to walk away with renewed hope, joy, strength, and peace, and helps us take back our emotional well-being, physical health, relationships, families, and finances. But all of that is not just for personal consumption. While He wants us to keep some of the spoils, He wants us to give the rest back to Him, to be used for His glory, to build His temple, to show others what He can do.
What are you doing with the spoils from your battles? Are you a hoarder, keeping everything for yourself, hiding gold in your tent, or are you giving honor to God by giving back the portion He desires, the portion He wants to use to show others His power?
Freedom comes through shared spoils – on arms filled with treasures. Keep some, but don’t forget to give some away.