II Samuel 10; I Chronicles 19 — When we’re not strong enough

Some interesting points to be learned in this passage.  One is to be careful who you listen to.  When the Ammonite king died, his son took some bad advice from his counselors when they told him David wasn’t really sending a delegation to express his condolences.  Rather he was spying out the land.  But by taking their advice and humiliating the delegation, it led to a war.

Also, it’s interesting to note that even when the Arameans (who helped the Ammonites fight Israel) were defeated, they regrouped to fight again.  It’s very true in the spiritual realm as well.  Just because we win over a victory over Satan doesn’t mean he’s just going to give up and back down.  He will come back after us again, and we need to be ready for it.

But the key point that strikes me is when Joab and his brother found that their army was surrounded, they broke up into two groups, and Joab said to his brother,

If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to come to my rescue; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to rescue you.  (II Samuel 10:11).

There are times when we face spiritual attack.  Perhaps it’s an attack of temptation.  Or it’s some kind of trial that Satan is throwing at us.  And as we’re being attacked, we feel weak and about ready to fall.  But God calls us to not just to lean on him, but to lean on each other for strength.

The apostle Paul put it this way,

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  (Galatians 6:2)

Are you feeling weak?  Do you feel ready to fall?  Share your burdens with each other.  Pray with each other.  Support one another.  And just as with Joab, Abishai, and David, you will find victory.

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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