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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 21.15-22

2 Samuel 21:15-22
Now when the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David went down and his servants with him; and as they fought against the Philistines, David became weary. 16 Then Ishbi-benob, who was among the descendants of the giant, the weight of whose spear was three hundred shekels of bronze in weight, was girded with a new sword, and he intended to kill David. 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, “You shall not go out again with us to battle, so that you do not extinguish the lamp of Israel.” 18 Now it came about after this that there was war again with the Philistines at Gob; then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Saph, who was among the descendants of the giant. 19 There was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. 20 There was war at Gath again, where there was a man of great stature who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also had been born to the giant. 21 When he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David’s brother, struck him down. 22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

David and his mighty men were fighting an intense battle against a formidable enemy when David became weary (15).  One of his mighty men came to his aid, and killed the Philistine and then insisted that David step out of the battle to gather his strength and preserve the “lamp of Israel” (17).   The hero that day was Abishai, the brother of Joab, who is mentioned as number four in the list of David’s mighty men.  He was a mighty warrior, who on one occasion killed 300 men with his spear (2 Sam. 23:18).  In this case he slew a giant and gave wise counsel to his King.    David’s servants then continued to fight against the Philistines, and defeated descendants of the giant with the help of the Lord, while David renewed his strength.

Have you ever become weary of the battle you are facing in your spiritual life?   Paul writes “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (Gal. 6:9).   We gain hope as we remember that there is an eternal reward for those who stay in the battle against sin, and rely on the Lord to help us when we face the enemy.   But there is also a time when we need the help of others.  We need to stay connected with other believers so we don’t give in to sin or allow our hearts to grow cold to the things of God (Heb. 3:13).    Just as David allowed his servants to support and protect him when the battle was too hard, we need to allow others to come along side at times to comfort, exhort, and encourage us.   

Lord, help us today to depend on the Holy Spirit to give us strength, and let us be an encouragement to others who are weary or struggling with sin today.

Weekly Memory Verse: I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  Galatians 2.20