Daily Devotionals

April 19, 2020: Reason to Rejoice: A great Victory won by Clinging to the Sword of Truth.

2 Samuel 23:9-10 (NIV) 

 Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty men, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered [at Pas Dammim] for battle. Then the men of Israel retreated, but he 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 battle was intense. The men of Israel were outnumbered by the Philistines. Most of the warriors of Israel had given up and retreated. There was a piece of land that belonged to Israel that was going to be taken by the Philistines. All the warriors considered it only a small insignificant part of land. There was one soldier in Israel who knew better. To have any of God’s land invaded was not acceptable to this one warrior in Israel.

When others were fleeing, he took his stand in the middle of the land. He refused to surrender it to the enemy. He grabbed his sword and would not let go. He fought with all his strength and then some. When the sun set, there were dead all around. This warrior was still standing in the middle of the land.

Some would ask, how did he win against such odds? There could be only one answer, his hand so grasped his sword; he could not let it go. Dear saints of God, if we are going to stand our ground, we are being called to wage now, it is imperative that we grab on to our swords, the Word of God, and never let go. 

Let us be people of the Sword of the Lord. Let us fight against our enemy with all its power and refuse to surrender to anyone but God.