Our Tuesday night Men’s study we have been going over the book “The Last Arrow by Erwin McManus” and we covered Chapter 7 this week (Stand Your Ground). I have to tell you this was a convicting chapter for me and I questioned myself if I was in a tough situation would I Make a Stand.
In this chapter he talks about one of David’s most trusted men – Shammah. Here is the verse.
2nd Samuel 23: 11 & 12 > Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them. But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.
As you can see when Israel’s troops were fleeing Shammah made a stand and defeated the Philistines. This must have been really hard to watch all the warriors you are fighting next to flee and leave you by yourself.
So this has challenged me to look at what is really important to me that I need to make a Stand on even if it means that I will be in Danger. Shammah took his stand knowing that there was a good possibility that he would die. I also have to be willing to make that stand on my own even if the warriors fighting the battle with me refuse to stand beside me.
Making a stand for me could be:
- Telling my sons about the need for Jesus in their lives.
- In today’s world we are encouraged to be Politically Correct – I need to make a stand against this when it contradicts what the teachings of the Bible.
- When I need to be bold and just share my faith.
This is just a small list for me and it and not too dangerous – my list is longer by the way. I do not have to be as courageous as Shammah but it is a list that I need to stand for. I just need to start working on my fears and start making a STAND to overcome those fears.
So where do you need to make a Stand?
Have you got a list you can work on?