No one is coming; it’s up to us. No idea where this quote came from, but I’m sure you’ve heard it. I actually have a flag by “Thirty Seconds Out” with this mantra on my garage wall. It may be cliche, but I love it.
For me as a cop, I think about that call you get. The call where you go, “HERE WE GO, Lord I do hope my body armour isn’t defective, cuz we about to possibly put it to the test.” You’re on a call for a domestic where the guy inside has a gun. You look around and it’s you and two buddies. Then it hits you, it’s up to us. No one else is coming, it’s up to us.
But as a Christian, I realize that my thought process behind the quote is a bit narcissistic. In the above scenario, we aren’t alone; my God goes before me into battle. The outcome is already known. My safety actually isn’t in my hands, it’s in my Creator’s. Now granted, this doesn’t guarantee my safety, but it does change how I should operate.
Let’s take a look at one of David’s most revered warriors, Shammah. Of the Mighty Men, Shammah was in the top three. One of the most well known accounts of Shammah is from 2 Samuel 23:11
“And next to [Eleazar] was Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the men fled from the Philistines. 12 But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and struck down the Philistines, and the LORD worked a great victory”.
Shammah didn’t just defeat a few Philistines, my man took down an army. While the rest of the Isrealites were fleeing, Shammah stood his ground and WENT TO WORK. This event is incredibly and vividly described in Cliff Graham’s biblical fiction “Day of War.”
Graham envisions David’s mighty men leaving to take another position as Shammah stays behind. Shammah sees the oncoming army approaching. One of David’s men says “but we cannot leave Shammah by himself.” Shammah replies “go, I do not fight alone.” Daaayyyyuuuuummmmmm….
Now, we don’t know if this dialogue took place between Shammah and his fellow warriors. But even if he didn’t say it, he lived it. The fact is, no matter how trained you are, you can’t take down an army of well trained, well equipped soldiers by yourself. But that’s the point. David’s Mighty Men weren’t necessarily mighty because of their abilities, they were mighty because of who fought beside them. All glory goes to God, not to Shammah.
When Shammah stood his ground, he knew he wasn’t alone. He knew that the God he served was bigger than any enemy this world could throw against him. Now, no doubt Shammah was sporting some massive cojones with his faith, so let’s give credit where credit was due.
But on a serious note, the God that fought for Shammah is the same God that fights for me. The God that went to war with David’s Mighty Men is the same God that goes out on patrol with me.
If God has called you to a profession where you run towards danger, you can guarantee that He will be running with you. He will be with you until the day He calls you home and what a sweet day that will be. Chuck Holton’s book “Bulletproof: The Making of an Invincible Mind” reminds readers that the command “Do not fear” is the most frequent command in the Bible. This is no accident! As Holton says “we are bulletproof until the Lord calls us home.”
What a freedom there is in that. It seems crazy to say, but with this truth, I need not fear danger. This is exactly why in Psalm 23 David says “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” David saw how his God fights for His people again and again. So go out and do the job God has called you to do. Bring light into darkness, be His agent for good and for justice. Run without fear, for the God of Abraham, Jacob, Shammah and David is beside you.