December 5 – Today’s Readings -1Chronicles 9-12 and Proverbs 5
1Chronicles 11:11 – “Jashobeam, a Hacmonite, was chief of the officers; he raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.”
1Chronicles 11:20 – “Abishai the brother of Joab was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three.”
1Chronicles 11:22 – “Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab’s best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.”
1Chronicles 12:1 – “These were the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was banished from the presence of Saul son of Kish (they were among the warriors who helped him in battle;)”
Ever since first reading this account at the age of 17, I have dreamed of being a “mighty man of David”. Just think of it – camping out – telling stories around the fire – not worrying about cutting your hair or trimming your beard 🙂 – going on “fun” raiding parties just to get a cup of water for David – having so much skill and bravery as to face seven foot giants or a lion in a pit or three hundred bad guys – and all the while knowing that you were doing what you were born to do!
OK – I think I’ve been watching too many video game reviews. But still – there’s just something about feeling a sense of purpose, vision, focus and teamwork. This is when people are at their best. We all seem to thrive when we join ourselves to something much bigger than us – an adventure that can completely consume us – something that absorbs our entire focus – something that wins our hearts, minds, energies, speech and future.
What are we really talking about here? Being disciples of Jesus! He is absolutely the only one who could command such respect and draw people to Himself in this way.
Here’s the best part. You and I are called to be “mighty men” in His army. We might not be as muscular or fast or as good with a sling as these elite soldiers in David’s army, but Jesus makes us “huge” on the inside. He says we are “more than conquerors” [Romans 8:37]. He says we are “sons of God” [Ephesians 1:5]. We don’t even fear death itself for He has already conquered that! [Revelations 1:18] Our weapons aren’t natural – they are super-natural. [1 Corinthians 10:4] We ourselves are “not of this world” [Colossians 2:20] – we rule in heavenly places in Christ Jesus! [Ephesians 2:6]
Well – what do you know! I guess I am a “mighty man” after all!
1. Tell about another Bible situation where God enabled people to become “larger than life”.
2. Tell of a situation where God allowed you to do something or be someone that you were not naturally equipped to do.