Thursday, November 4, 2021

Just Waiting?

"And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel had retreated.
He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword.  The Lord brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder."
2 Samuel 23:9-10 (NKJV)

There are a lot of people who, when they face a challenge, wait for someone else to do something or something to happen to make a change in that situation.  So many times, it seems that people wait for another person to take a stand, for their local church to do something, or even for the government to do something.  While all of those things could happen, what if we looked for what we could do about the situation rather than just waiting for something to happen?

David's Mighty Men in the Old Testament are amazing to read about.  The story of one of these men, Eleazar the son of Dodo, has always been one of my favorites.  When he was faced with the enemy, and others ran away, he attacked!  Instead of waiting to see what the Philistines would do, instead of waiting for someone else to do something, Eleazar attacked the enemy!  We can be the same way in the things we deal with in our life; we can wait to see what happens, or we can be proactive and do something.

When we know who we are in Christ and we understand our God given authority, we don't have to just wait for something to happen.  We need to look to God's Word and the direction of the Holy Spirit to see how we can pray, or take a stand in faith, or do something in some way with what is happening in our life. The next time you are faced with a challenge, don't run away, and don't just wait for something to happen, act on God's Word and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to make a difference.

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