1 Samuel 26.1-25
Reference: v. 6 David then asked Ahimelech the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, “Who will go down into the camp with me to Saul?” “I’ll go with you,” said Abishai.
Explore: Saul had come chasing David again and so he was going to go down to Saul’s camp and see what the situation was. But he needed someone to help him, so he asks two close companions who will go with him. Now, I’m not sure how this is decided. However, in the passage we read the Abishai states: I’ll go with you. It sounds quite definite and purposeful. And later on in the passage we see that Abishai was not willing to back out on anything.
Application: When I see an opportunity to serve God or to serve God’s people, do I jump right in and say, “I’ll go.” Or am I more inclined to challenge the other participants with a “paper-rock-scissors” contest to see which loser has to go? Abishai was not the ‘annointed one’ chosen by Samuel, he did not have the songs sung about him and Saul’s hatred was not targeted directly towards him. Yet he saw injustice and was willing to put his hand up. There is an active Abishai in all of us, we just need to have the courage and the conviction to also say: I’ll go with you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you challenge each one of us to go and do your work here on Earth. Help us to have the courage to step out and go where we are needed. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.