The Old Testament is full of some pretty awesome stories about rugged warriors. One whose courageous acts are particularly worth noting is Eleazar, who, alongside King David, was the captain of a troop of soldiers defending Pas Dammim, which was a pass area through the mountains that was believed to be very strategic in battle. As he fought the Philistines in hand-to-hand combat, every one of his men retreated and deserted him. Nevertheless, he held his ground and continued to fight by himself with his sword. In fact, the Bible says that his hand froze to his weapon because he was so tired from holding it. Though he fought alone, the Lord used Eleazar’s tenacity and persistence to bring about a great victory that day, and when the troops ultimately returned to the battle site, they came only to strip and plunder the dead!
My friend, even though you do not fight with physical weapons of war, as a Christian, you are engaged in a battle against the forces of darkness in this world. The Lord has given you a divine burden to tear down strongholds, and this happens when you stand your ground in conviction and prayer. When He tells you to keep fighting, it’s imperative to not abandon your post, even if everyone around you has surrendered in retreat. When you are tired and it feels like your hand is frozen to your sword, keep praising Jesus and allow Him to move the mountains that your own strength cannot. God is with you, for you, and moving through you to bring about great victory in His Name!