United We Stand

Michael Wilcock

READ : 1 Chronicles 19:6-15

Of David’s many foreign campaigns, this is the one described in the greatest detail. The alliance of several enemy kings means that Israel’s entire army has to be mobilized. Its commanders agree on a strategy and strengthen one another’s resolve: “Be strong and let us fight bravely.”

We find similar words elsewhere in Scripture. For example, such a call had heartened Israel and its leader when they were first entering the Promised Land (Joshua 1:6). Both then and in David’s time, the call to be strong and the promise of help were intended for a nation united in a common enterprise.

So it is today. If those who oppose God and his people join forces to attack them, how much more do God’s people themselves need to be united in helping and encouraging one another to resist the onslaught! The practical strength of the church lies in the pledge that the brothers Joab and Abishai make to each other: “If I see you need me, I will be there to help you; if you see I need you, you come and help me.”

PRAYER

Lord, keep us alert to our mutual responsibilities. Amen.