1 Chronicles 11:17-19 (ESV)
17 And David said longingly, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!” 18 Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate and took it and brought it to David. But David would not drink it. He poured it out to the Lord 19 and said, “Far be it from me before my God that I should do this. Shall I drink the lifeblood of these men? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men.
I recall viewing some historical war footage. It’s amazing to see how the men who are willing to do whatever it takes to win for their nation. When they see the enemy before them and see their barracks and how they have dug in, they charge ahead to secure the area and bring down the enemy post.
Here we see David stating that he was thirsty. I’m sure that there was some water nearby, but why did David say that he wanted to drink water from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate? Perhaps he should have muttered it to himself or he was tired and wished he was back in Bethlehem where he can drink the water there. David was in a cave of Adulam and the Philistines were stationed at Bethlehem. He must have been pretty thirsty. These were just three of David’s men. David was lucky to have men who were loyal to him. In the Kingdom of God, we too, could have an opportunity to have some mighty men in our lives if we choose to do so.
It won’t be to the point of sacrifice of lives for a simple request like water, but David’s mighty men would not stop at anything for their king. Sometimes, I need to see God as my King and whether I could be a mightier man for God. I’m not close to being mighty, but to me, staying faithful to the everlasting King is the right step in the right direction.