by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Do you have difficulty admitting you need help? Do you reluctantly accept help, fearful you may appear weak? Or are you comfortable admitting you need help and gladly accept it when offered?
During David’s time as king, an Ammonite king died and David sent ambassadors to the king’s son to express his regrets concerning the king’s death. But the son’s officers told him the ambassadors were sent as spies. Believing the lies, the son took the men, shaved off half their beards, cut their robes off exposing their buttocks and sent them home in shame.
This did not sit well with David.
Realizing they had a fight on their hands, the Ammonites hired thirty-one thousand Syrian mercenaries and sent them to fight the Israelites. Some guarded the city gates. Others went to the fields to fight.
When David heard about this, he sent Joab and the entire Israeli army to attack them. Realizing he would have to fight on two fronts, Joab split his army. He took the best fighters under his command to fight in the fields, and left the rest with his brother, Abishai, to attack the Ammonite’s city. Before they split up, Joab told Abishai to come to him if Abishai needed help. Likewise, Joab would help Abishai should he need it.
Theirs was a mutual agreement. If you need help, I’m there. If I need help, you’re there.
In our humanness we often falsely believe we don’t need any help from anyone. Including God. How wrong that belief is.
We were created to be in community with others. God said it was not good for man to be alone. Solomon said a cord of three strands is better than a cord of one strand. For if one should fall, the others can pick him up.
We need each other. We need to be willing to admit when we need help. We need to be willing to help as we can, and accept help when it is offered.
Do you find it easy or difficult to admit you need help?
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Joab saw that the enemy troops would attack him in front and from the rear, so he chose the best of Israel’s soldiers and put them in position facing the Syrians. He placed the rest of his troops under the command of his brother Abishai, who put them in position facing the Ammonites. Joab said to him, “If you see that the Syrians are defeating me, come and help me, and if the Ammonites are defeating you, I will go and help you. Be strong and courageous! Let’s fight hard for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord‘s will be done!” 2 Samuel 10:9-12 (GNT)
I wish you well.
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If you want to know what happened, you’ll have to read the rest of the story in 2 Samuel 10. 🙂
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