Stand Firm

Posted: January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I would like to introduce you to a little known character from the Bible.  We can learn something from the character of Shammah.  In a day and age where traditional values are discarded and it seems like everyone else is doing it, one thing we can learn from him is to Stand Firm.

“And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite.  The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils; and the men fled from the Philistines.  But he took his stand in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and slew the Philistine; and the Lord wrought a great victory”

(2 Samuel 23:11-12).

Notice where Shammah stood.  He  took his stand over a field of lentils. And he stood in the midst.  He did not stand to the side or in the ivory tower or over in the comfort of the grandstand.

He stood right in the middle for everyone to see.  That is the way you and I need to stand.  It is easy to fire off an anonymous letter or an anonymous phone call but very few people will stand up and speak their conviction and let people know this is where I stand: Stand Firm.

Notice the way he stood. He stood alone.  The scripture says “the men fled”.  Shammah chose not to flee but to take his stand.  It would have been easy for Shammah to flee because everybody else fled.  When you feel like you are the only one standing: Stand Firm.

He took his stand in the midst of a crisis.  Here he was in the midst of this field of lentils that is besieged by the enemy, the Philistines.  The Philistinian army is on him before he knows it and he was left standing alone.  Can you imagine the thoughts going through the mind of Shammah?  In times of crisis, we are tempted to give up or give in: Stand Firm.

Why did he stand?  It was just a plot of ground filled with lentils.  It may seem insignificant, a patch of lentils, but the line had to be drawn some place. Some things are not worth fighting over and there are some things that are worth fighting over and you better fight for them.  Shammah decided this was worth fighting over.  Shammah defended this pea patch  because it was Gods patch of lentils and he was going to take a stand.  The line has been drawn,  you may try to hide it, to ignore it, to cover it up but the line has been drawn.  Stand Firm.

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