Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:53:00 AM
Take Their Stand
“But they took their stand in the middle of the field. They defended it and struck the Philistines down…” 1 Ch 11:14
The Israelites were running away from the Philistines initially, realizing that they might lose if they took their stand in the barley field. We have no idea what made them turn around and face the enemies, but that was what happened. They decided to take their stand and defend their land, and were victorious over their enemies at the end. The battle would have been lost had they kept on running away, and they would probably have been bothered by the questions of “what if” their entire life. They stayed and fought, therefore removing all the uncertainties concerning the outcome of the fight. Their death would have ended all the questions that might remain to trouble them; yet it was also possible they would survive to tell the tale, and to enjoy the fruit of their sacrifices.
“But they took their stand in the middle of the field. They defended it and struck the Philistines down…”
The Philistines were ferocious fighters and their thirst for blood was well-documented. The Israelites might have been stricken with terror merely at the mention of their enemies and running away from the peril was all too natural for them to do. Yet against every fiber of their beings, they chose to do what was entirely against their instinct. They took their stand instead.
Running away from the scene is always an easier option when we encounter with any sort of difficulty, be it related to our jobs or our family. One thing we do need to do, though, when we face any kind of dilemma in life. We should first find out what God’s will is and be determined to stay the course if it’s His will. Choosing to take the path of least resistance isn’t always a good idea.
I have heard Taiwan has one of the highest divorce rates in the entire world and only 57 percent of all marriage last to their tenth anniversary. In fact, only 6.5 percent of all married couples in the States make it to their 50th celebration. Of course, in order to make it that far, good health and a healthy marriage are both necessary, but the percentage is just way too low. I guess as long as we continue to consider divorce a viable option when our marriages hit a rough patch, the rate of failed marriages will keep on climbing. Taking the easy way out may not always yield the best outcome and the statistics seem to agree. The divorce rate of second marriages is higher than the first, according to various surveys.
For love of God and our promises to people, we should take our stand and continue to fight for the survival of our faith and our family. We may lose our lives fighting, but our integrity will surely evaporate by running away. Indeed there is still a chance that we may emerge victorious, no matter how slim the opportunity is; but there is absolutely no chance of winning if we simply run away.