Wake up the mighty men
David’s gathered a motley crew about him! 1 Samuel 22:2 “And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented (bitter of soul) gathered to him.So he became captain over them, and there were about four hundred men with him.”
This bunch of no-hopers became David’s mighty men, and the Lord brought about significant victories through their feats! Eleazar attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword; Shammah stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines;Abishai lifted his spear against three hundred men, killed them. These men changed from defeated no-hopers into a group of the fiercest fighters ever seen. How? They aspired to be like David, who was their hero.
We all need heroes in our lives; someone to aspire to. As mighty men and women of God, we aspire to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, and this, in turn, inspires those around us. Wake up and become mighty! David and his men were in a battle; the church today is in a battle and the enemy is all around. The church is made up of people, but the people have gone AWOL. We don’t want to be committed, connected; we want to be able to play church and have it on our terms, doing things the way we want. But there is only one right way and that is God’s way. We can’t expect God’s blessing if we are outside his ways and principles.
Changes creep in insidiously, and we don’t realize the extent of the effects. Take one area; online pornography. Author Josh McDowell created a website which highlights disturbing facts. The average age of first-time viewers of pornography is 9 years old. About 80 percent of 15- to 17-year-olds have been exposed to hard-core porn. The video on his website goes on to feature a husband as well as a teenage girl as consumers of pornography and whose family members are also unaware of the dangerous viewing. Mighty men and women of God, it’s time to wake up and fight the battles. This could be your family or your friends. Fight! That’s why the prophet Joel speaks up and issues the call in Joel 3:9 Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up. 10Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ”
I use this verse to challenge us as the mighty men and women of God to wake up!
This is not the time to be AWOL! It’s time for a holy roar to come out of us against the enemy that is deceiving God’s people, the church, our families and homes. There are multitudes out there who need us to tell them about Jesus before it is too late.
It’s time for the mighty men and women of God to come forth. It’s time to enlist because it’s time for war.