These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. 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. And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory. (2 Samuel 23:8-12)
Today's Morsel: As a kid, one of the jobs we were often employed for was that of picking beans. We would be paid 50 cents for a bushel of beans. Not much compared to today's wage salary. But we had fun doing it. It wasn't a requirement for us to do it, unless it was our crop, but we saw it as an opportunity to earn a few dollars on the side to buy the things that we wanted and have fun while we earned the extra money. Shammah, on the other hand, one of David's mighty men, was willing to take on the Philistines to defend a piece of ground full of peas. And scripture says, "The people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory." Because he was not willing to give any ground to his enemy, let alone his pea patch, God helped him defeat them. How much is your pea patch worth to you? Your pea patch is your church, your family, your home, your community, your country, your goals, your dreams, and your convictions. Are you going to flee or defend your pea patch? "If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences" Solomon said (Ecclesiastes 10:4). If you are born again, you need to get some boldness like Shammah, and defend your pea patch.
Sing: Hold the fort for I am coming Jesus signals still, raise the anthem back toward heaven, by Thy grace we will.
Thought for Today: How much does your pea patch mean to you?