Stay and fight…

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He didn’t run.

Me, I would’ve run.

It was a sure loss. Pain inevitable. Death a very real possibility.

Nope, that didn’t matter. Odds were totally stacked against him. Enemy was looming large.

2 Samuel 23:11-12 And after him was Shaman the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines. But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory.

 

He put himself out there.

Most definitely, he was open and vulnerable.

He stood in a field of lentils. Lentils are not a tall crop. They are very small and low to the ground. There was nowhere to hide. Nothing to protect him from this mighty force coming against him. 

They attacked en masse. Brought all they had. 

Everyone else ran away. 

They called it quits. And who could blame them. They could see what was before them. 

Certain defeat. 

Are you ready to call it quits?

Have you reached your breaking point? After all, there’s only so much a person can take.

We have our limits.

God wants to take us further. Stretch us. Grow our faith.

Will we stay and fight? 

Shammah stayed. He didn’t run away. He stood his ground. 

He was willing to make himself vulnerable.

1 Corinthians 13:7…[love] endures all things.

He was open for attack. He risked his life. Staked all on God.

God fought the battle for him.

He wasn’t alone.

You are not alone in your battle. 

Our great and mighty Savior is fighting for you. With you. And in you. 

Your marriage is worth fighting for. Even if it seems like too much to overcome. Stand and fight. Jesus overcame death. There’s nothing you can’t overcome.

Don’t give up on your child. Stand and fight. Your prayers are protection.

Or that friend. Fight for them. Forgive them.

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.

 

Shammah stayed. He fought.

He won.