My youngest has watched a cartoon called total Drama Island. It is a parody of all the “Survivor” type reality shows. For the last several years, David’s life, reign and experience had been “Total Drama Island.” Now, back in power, back in order and back to business David is back in battle. Sadly, as with all of us, time had taken its toll and David was exhausted.
Throughout our journey, we too face battles and drama. Our walks with the Lord ebb and flow as does our faith and behavior. But, even as we walk faithfully, often time takes its toll on us. We lose the energy and the optimism of youth. When that happens, even when the Drama has passed, we grow exhausted in battle. Thanks be to God for those in our lives that meet the challenges of life with us and sometimes save our lives when we cannot face the battle. It is OK to grow exhausted. It is OK to pick the battles we are to face. It is OK to look to our fellow soldiers to battle along-side us and even on our behalf. It is also ok to be warriors in prayer. We can use his word and spirit to accomplish great things. The key is to continue to follow Joshua’s example and make every day a CHOOSE-Day. “Choose this Day whom you will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
God Bless You
15 Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted. 16 And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels[b] and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David. 17 But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.”
18 In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha.19 In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair[c] the Bethlehemite killed the brother of[d] Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.20 In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. 21 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah, David’s brother, killed him.
22 These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.