Many years ago I preached what I still believe is perhaps the most impacting message I have ever shared. I remember God first gave this message while ministering in a fairly small Spanish congregation in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. To this day that message has never left my thoughts and God constantly reminds me every time I begin to not see victory is achievable.
There was a certain man in the time of King David who is barely mentioned in scripture but did something so significant that the effects are still felt even to today. The man in question was known as "one of King David's mighty warriors". His name was Shammah. Now Shammah has a significant meaning as one of the titles of God in the English language is "Jehovah-Shammah" which means "God is present". So the name Shammah means "one who is present" or "one who does not move"
In 2 Samuel 23 verses 11-12 we see that Shammah had decided to stand firm against the approaching Philistine army. What is really amazing to see is that all those around Shammah had run in fear and he alone was left to defend a lentil field. Now the significant thing here is not that he decided to defend a field of lentils but the question is why he decided to defend a field of lentils. At the end of the day it was a field of beans and we can easily overlook that fact.
But what what is unknown or under valued by many Christians today is that in this historical moment Israel had been given a promise by God that they would start to be fruitful and multiply. Shammah knew that the promise of God was going to be attacked by the enemy and he decided to defend that promise at all costs. The field represented the promise of blessing and fruit to the people of Israel. And we can see that Shammah was prepared to give his life to keep that promise from being lost.
We can learn from this significant moment in history. Sometimes we give in to easily to failure and quit when we see so much opposition in front of us. We can be like the people around Shammah and run when things get heavy and the outline looks grim. But Shammah gave us a lesson in how to stand against the onslaught and defend the promise God has given to us. Of course we will come under attack, the enemy wants us to run and be timid but there is a "Shammah" in every one of us. The name "Jehova-Shammah" literally means "God is present".
Lets live like Shammah and stand our ground and position ourselves for victory. He stood against up to 800 Philistines by himself yet the LORD was with him and brought the victory into Shammah's hands. ......