Dare 2B Daring - June 14, 2018
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“We must share with God’s people in cloud as well as in sunshine. When we hear them spoken of with contempt and ridicule for being Christians, we must come boldly forward and say, ‘So am I.’” – C.H. Spurgeon
What character trait do you value the most in your spouse, your friends and co-workers, or your employer/employees? If I had to pick just one, it would be honesty. But if I could pick a second most desirable trait, it would be loyalty.
One of my favorite characters in the Bible is a man named Abishai. He was one of David’s “Mighty Men”, and he once slew 300 men with his spear. He was also the only soldier to accompany David when he found King Saul sleeping in the camp and vulnerable to attack. Abishai also commanded one of the three divisions of David’s army when he went to war with his son Absalom.
However, my favorite reference to Abishai is found in 2 Samuel 21:15-17. King David had grown old and as a result, he became so tired in the midst of a battle with the Philistines that he could no longer defend himself, let alone fight. Guess who stumbled upon David is such a defenseless condition? A giant named Ishbi-Benob, one of Goliath’s sons.
Ishbi-Benob couldn’t believe his good fortune. He believed that David had been delivered into his hand, so he could avenge his father’s death. And so, relishing the opportunity, he raised his sword (he was also carrying a mammoth spear) and prepared to bring it down on David’s head.
If you want to know what happened next, read the Bible verse at the bottom. But suffice it to say, that Abishai proved himself not only able, but also extremely loyal to King David.
If I could summarize Abishai in one phrase, it would be this: if you wanted a piece of King David, you would have to go through Abishai first. Now that’s what I call L-O-Y-A-L-T-Y!
My friend, go out and be an Abishai to someone else today!
“But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his [David’s] aid; and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, ‘You shall go out no more with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel.’” 2 Samuel 21:17 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President