What are you holding on to?

Today I want to share with you one of my first attempts at bible journaling in my journaling bible. 2 Samuel 23: 9-10 speaks about Eleazar one of King Davids mighty warriors. This passage recounts how he fought the Philistines even after the rest of the Israelites retreated. “He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand grew weary and stuck to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day.” Samuel 23:10. I think there is a lot to be learned from this.

Until his hand stuck to the sword

Firstly, Eleazor was obedient and stayed in battle. Can you imagine what that must have been like to stay when the rest of the army retreated? How hard is it sometimes to stay and do the right thing when everyone else leaves, never-mind the fact that for us its probably not a battle that will likely end in death.

Secondly, He fought till his hand was weary and stuck to the sword. Some other translations say froze rather than stuck. He must have stayed for a long time. By the end of the battle he and his sword became one unit. He must have known that sword so well and exactly how to use (how else would he have survived in battle after the others retreated?).

In the end it says God brought about a great victory. What would have happened if Eleazor didn’t stay in the battle? What if he wasn’t holding on to a sword? If you want God to bring about a great victory firstly you have to be obedient and stay the battle. Secondly, you have to be holding on the right thing.

Whatever we are clinging to is what is going to freeze in our hand. So I guess what I’m asking is what are you holding on to, because that will be your weapon for the battle. Are you holding on to things like money, people, reputations or on to God? Ephesians 6:17 says “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God”. The perfect weapon for our battles is the word of God. Is your hand stuck to the word or something else?

The sword of the spirit which is Gods word

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know your thoughts on this topic 🙂

♥ Ash ♥



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