Let us Fight Bravely:
“When Joab saw that he would have to fight on two fronts, he chose the best troops in his army. He placed them under his personal command and led them out to fight the Arameans in the fields. He left the rest of the army under the command of his brother Abishai, who was to attack the Ammonites. “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then come over and help me,” Joab told his brother. “And if the Ammonites are too strong for you, I will help you. Be courageous! Let us fight bravely to save our people and the cities of our God…” (1 Chronicles 19:10-13, NLT).
During my quiet time with the Lord one morning, I was reading through First Chronicles and came across the above story about Joab and his brother Abishai. As I studied this chapter, I was reminded that as Christians, we are in a spiritual battle. The Israelites in the Old Testament, in their physical battles against national enemies, is a type of the spiritual battle that we fight today. The Bible tells us that, “All these events happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us, who live at the time when this age is drawing to a close.” (1 Corinthians 10:11). Let’s see what nuggets of truth we can glean from this story to apply to our lives today.
First of all, we see the Israelites—the people of God—are under attack from their enemies. Joab encouraged his brother Abishai by saying, “Be courageous! Let us fight bravely…” God has given us similar commands. In First Timothy 6:12, we are challenged to, “Fight the good fight of faith.” The Christian life is not a pleasure cruise on the love boat, it is a spiritual war on a battleship! We are warned to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). So let us be courageous, and fight the good fight.
Secondly, we see another important principle concerning victory in our warfare against the enemy. Joab said to his brother, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then come over and help me, and if the Ammonites are too strong for you, I will help you.” As Christians, each of us has our own battles to fight. But we are not called to fight them alone. If I am struggling in my battles, then you need to help me, and if you are struggling in your battles, then I need to help you! This is what Paul meant when he said, “Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2). Sometimes life gets too hard for us to handle on our own, and during those times we need to rely upon one another in the body of Christ for encouragement and comfort.
In the New Testament, the Bible teaches us how we are to treat one another. We are told to love one another, to bear one another’s burdens, to forgive one another, to comfort one another, to pray for one another, and confess our sins to one another. The Bible says that it is not good for man to be alone, and God never intended us to fight our battles by ourselves. “Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble… But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
If you are going through a difficult battle, then call upon a fellow warrior in the Lord’s army to come alongside of you to help you in your battle. If you’re walking in victory and winning your battles, then maybe you can look for someone that you can help. Be courageous. Let us fight bravely!
Pastor Chris Jordan