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Take a Stand

Read 2 Samuel 23:1 through 24:25

A popular children’s story tells of a little red hen who invites others to help her when she finds some wheat seed. In each step of the process she asks for help but is turned down. When it is time to enjoy the fruits of her labor, the others are eager to join her. They are rebuffed, however, and learn their lesson.

Eleazar stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead (2 Samuel 23:10).

Eleazar, one of David’s mighty men, stood his ground when the rest of the soldiers fled. Through his efforts, the Lord gave Israel a great victory. Though the rest of the soldiers did not participate in the battle, they were eager to claim the spoils of Eleazar’s victory.

Christians fight spiritual battles with the strength the Lord supplies. However, some may want to share the spoils of victory without taking part in the battle. All Christians are challenged to be like Eleazar and take a stand for God.

Challenge for Today: Stand strong for the Lord.

Quicklook: 2 Samuel 23:8–12

 

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