These are the names of David’s mightiest warriors. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was leader of the Three—the three mightiest warriors among David’s men. He once used his spear to kill 800 enemy warriors in a single battle.
2 Samuel 23:8 (NLT)
At the end of his amazing life, King David could look back and fondly recall many great warriors whom God used to assist him in establishing the Kingdom of Israel. This chapter from 2 Samuel begins a remarkable list of names followed by a description of some of their mighty deeds. God honored the faith of these men by naming them in the Bible.
Through the years, I have met many mighty warriors for God. My friend Jake just celebrated twenty years of sobriety. He candidly confessed to me, “My wife told me she would leave me if I took one more drink.” He knew he had to make a radical change in his life and he did. He confessed and repented of his sins and accepted Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. Through strength and faith in His Name, he gave up drinking, saved his marriage, and now was a successful businessman. There is Sally, who conquered her opioid addiction through faith in Jesus Christ and was reunited with her family. There is Stuart, who asked Jesus for courage to forgive his wife of adultery and restore his marriage. These modern warriors may not make the headlines of newspapers but they will be recognized in God’s Book of Life for their unwavering faith in God when their circumstances seemed bleak and hopeless.
Mighty acts of faith by trusting in God will always be recognized by Him, in this life or the next. Someday in Heaven, I will be able to meet David and his mighty warriors who helped him conquer his many enemies. I will also be reunited with my many brothers and sisters who lived their lives as mighty warriors, conquering their private demons through faith and trust in their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.