Remember what it is like to be “under the gun”? That is what it has been like for me. I need to get a letter put together and on its way”. But inspiration seems to have disappeared, or more actually, never appear. Ever been in a similar situation? Anyway, I have been looking for a passage of Scripture for several days that just kinda “grabbed me” as I read it and was “suckin’ sand”. Nothing!
Just now I sat down, opened my Bible and there it was!
“Some Gadites defected to David at his stronghold in the desert. They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions, and they were as swift as gazelles in the mountains.” (I Chronicles 12:8) We are the “Gadites” of the day. We are brave warriors. We have faced our sins and received forgiveness. We have been loosed from our bondages. We have defected from the powers of darkness and been healed from long standing wounds. We are mighty warriors of “The Light”. No longer can we be complacent about what is going on around us. The enemy is, as he always has been, out to destroy us! We have been inclined to the pattern of “come let us reason together” thinking he is open to negotiations. The only reason the enemy negotiates is to “rob, kill, and destroy us”.
The reason we live in this nation is because men and women in the past identified the enemy, drew up the rationale for their actions and “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” (Concluding words of the Declaration of Independence) We cannot negotiate with an enemy whose goal is to destroy the character of God and the authority of His Word. We can choose to love our enemies, which does not mean we agree with them or embrace their sinfulness. It means we learn to speak the truth in love and hold fast to the standard of holiness and righteousness with all meekness and humility. It does mean we are clear about sin and passionately love those bound up in their sin, out of their sin. We do not make excuses on God’s behalf, nor do try to explain away His Word. We live and move and have our being grounded in the person of Jesus who confounded both the religious and the sinner continually. Our focus is first and foremost on allowing Him to constantly and continually be the Lord of our lives, being guided by the Holy Spirit in how we think, speak, and act so that God is glorified in us.
We are the Son of David’s Gadites, today!