The Grip of a Mighty Man
Daily Devotional for May 24th
And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. 2 Samuel 23:9-10
What separates the mighty from the average soldier? According to the men in this chapter, they continued when no one else did. They chose to remain in the fight. Battles themselves do not make you great! It’s all about your deciding to not give up or back down when times get hard that separates you from the rest. The easiest decision is to run; to quit. Do you run when the devil roars? Does the slightest amount of resistance make you quit? Do you go away when times get hard? This is not only a carnal way of decision making, but discomfort in any form is the reason we run. The Lord wants to become so stedfast that nothing makes you lose your grip.
Eleazar the son of Dodo! Eleazar means God my helper! With a name like this, you cannot face a difficulty without being reminded that God will strengthen you. Eleazar wielded a sword. It was is area of expertise. Although it is elementary knowledge, any weapon is not part a person but is an extension from that person that causes them to become victorious. Similarly, we are very limited in our ability and cannot depend on fighting the enemy barehanded, but we must cling unto the sword; the word of God. As a sword has its own design and can be used effectively, the Lord in His own ability can give us victory when we cling to and trust in Him. Your part in this great battle today may be nothing more than cleaving unto God. Just hold on to Him! Cling to His word. God will do the rest.
Most of the time, when we get weary, we become weak and begin to loosen our grip on the vital things in our lives. Our commitment to God is usually the first thing to become strained. When everyone else gets weary, what do they do? Do they give up? David revealed that the Lord in Psalm 144 teacheth my hands to war. The greatest lesson of teaching our hands to war is to hold on to God even when your tired. Eleazar clave unto the sword. I’m determined. I’m not giving up. I’m not giving in. I intend to see it through with Jesus by my side. I’ll not give up on Him. He never has given up on me. I’m not going to let a small fly by night problem drive me away. I’m cleaving to Jesus. Why should I turn loose of the very best thing I’ve ever found?
It’s not until your strength is spent until you learn to rely on the power of God. But in order to see the power of God in your life, you have to learn to cleave to Jesus by faith. This is the secret that brings about His power to strengthen. If you will notice this chapter, these mighty men of David exemplified great courage and faith. Do you realize that when you stand against the odds with courage, that you’re actually posturing yourself in a position where God will work? It is perceived as a fool’s errand but turns out to be a great victory when God intervenes. Even though Eleazar clave unto the sword, it was the Lord who wrought a great victory. We have a part in this. We cleave and the Lord brings about the victory. Cleave today!