I Samuel 30:11-15 describes how someone who was totally helpless was treated by two very different men — and how God brought their treatment of this helpless person back upon each of them!
Verse 11 says: “Now they found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David, and gave him bread and he ate, and they provided him water to drink.” In :13, “David said to him, ‘To whom do you belong? And where are you from?’ And he said, ‘I am a young man of Egypt, a servant of an Amalekite; and my master left me behind when I fell sick three days ago.'”
It is interesting to see how the two different men, David, and the former Amalekite master, treated this servant:
— the former master left him behind when he fell sick (:13). He had no compassion on him.
— David found this same servant, almost dead, and gave him food and water, fig cake and raisins (:12) and nurtured him back to life.
And it is also very revealing to see how the treatment of the servant by these two respective men came back to each of them:
— David was rewarded for his good treatment of the man, as he ended up leading David and his men to his enemies’ camp to surprise them.
— On the other hand, the former master had all of his maltreatment come back upon him, as he was more than likely killed in the raid!
Of course the lesson is that we should be careful how we treat each person we meet; not only are they worth our care because they are made in the image of God, but God also has a way of returning our actions towards others upon our own heads. It’s not just “karma”, or “what goes around, comes around”, but the promise of God Himself: “Whatever a man sows, this will he also reap”! (Galatians 6:7)