“For from day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army, like an army of God.” 1 Chronicles 12:22 (ESV)
After King Saul was killed on Mt. Gilboa along with his sons, Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, the people of Israel gathered around David at Hebron. There they anointed him king over Israel just like the prophet Samuel had done earlier in Bethlehem. God began to send men to David to assist him in his new position of leadership. These men were mighty men! For example:
- Jashobeam, a Hachmonite killed 300 men at one time with a spear.
- Eleazer, the son of Dodo, single-handedly took a stand on a plot of ground in a barley field and killed every member of the Philistine army fighting in that battle.
- Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.
This is the kind of men God sent to David. Real men! Men with hair on their chest. Men with backbone. Men who could fight. Men who had an instinct to protect. Men who weren’t afraid to get down and dirty when the job demanded that they do so.
Real men! Men with hair on their chest.
When I think of the overwhelming need for revitalization in our churches in the Southern Baptist Convention, I’m convinced that the real solution is a simple spiritual solution. I believe that our churches are THIRSTY for men! Real men! Men with a spiritual backbone. Men who know God. Men who pray. Men who would die for Jesus and live for their family. Men who fight spiritual battles with the same intensity that David’s men fought physical battles!
Men who would die for Jesus and live for their family.
PRAYER: “Oh Lord, send men like this to Your church! Real men who will battle the spiritual forces of evil to protect your Bride. Hurry Lord….the need is desperate!”