Some stories in the Bible come to life at different seasons in my life. Today, it was the story in Chronicles, about David’s loyal, strong, and courageous men that joined forces with him. I saw the story in a new light. I needed to read a story of courage and hope and of God’s plans being fulfilled.
This story was about men, who the least of them could take on a hundred men, and the greatest, a thousand, and they joined forces with David! They were fearless and brave, ready to conquer whatever stood in their way. Some of the men were Gadites:
14 These Gadites were army commanders; the least was a match for a hundred, and the greatest for a thousand. 15 It was they who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing all its banks, and they put to flight everyone living in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
They fearlessly crossed the Jordan at flood stage, while it was overflowing its banks. People in the valleys to the east and west knew they were no match for these men, and they ran away!
Other Gadites that joined David’s forces were experienced in armor and weapons:
They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions, and they were as swift as gazelles in the mountains.
God gave David the power, and the influence of good and faithful men who partnered with him, to accomplish what God had promised.
Nothing stands in the way of something that God has purposed and planned. He will bring about all the details. We need to be faithful to believe.
God set up the foundations for David to be a mighty King of Israel, surrounding him with men of valor who would courageously fight with him, and for him. Some of these men were even relatives of Saul.
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; 2 they were armed with bows and were able to shoot arrows or to sling stones right-handed or left-handed; they were relatives of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin): Chronicles 12: 1,2
Isn’t it great to know that we don’t have to have all the details, because God will take care of it all?
Dear God, thank You for bringing about Your plan and purpose in our lives. These courageous men who joined with David, knew that if You were for them, who could be against them? Help us to be strong and courageous, mighty men and woman of God, and filled with Your presence and power! In the name of Jesus, Amen.