Saturday, April 22, 2017

Shammah


Shammah, or Shamhuth in 1 Chronicles 27:8, probably was one of the Three who risked their lives to get a drink of water for the king.  He and Eleazar shared a bond as the only two who were described as standing their ground in a field while everyone else fled.  Shammah, "when the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils....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."

There's no detail of his hand being frozen to a sword but I can almost hear the two of them boasting about the victory.  Just when their egos might be getting too inflated perhaps a gentle reminder from the Holy Spirit might have come, "Boys, the LORD brought about a great victory.  You two are the ones who got to hold the sword and watch."

We all carry the boasting strand mixed in our DNA.  We tell our war stories building ourselves up in all that we did or didn't do, but in the end, when the miracles are the only explanation for the trouble we were able to find our way through, the humble person knows they had nothing at all to do with winning the fight.  It is indeed the Lord who brings about our victories.

I wonder, as Shammah and Eleazar stood in those fields of lentils and barley, their swords raised, were they hearing the words Moses had heard generations before:

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Perhaps the LORD is saying the same to you, dear reader.  Be still.  The LORD will fight for you.  He didn't tell Moses he might fight for you or he'll think about fighting for you or even that he'll decide if you're worth fighting for.  

He WILL fight for you.

Just

Be still.



S is for Shammah

2 Samuel 23:11-17
Exodus 14


2 comments:

  1. This I really needed at this time. God bless!

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  2. God bless you! Thank you for your encouraging words!

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