True Grit

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11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines. 12 But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.

2 Samuel 23:11-12 NKJV

Every time when I hear the word grit I always think of Dirty Harry. Or of other Clint Eastwood films when he plays a rough a tumble hero. They always portray him as someone who never gives up and never gives in. He stands his ground even in overwhelming odds. Usually, when you think of men with grit, they are strong men who stand strong. The definition of grit according to Websters is this; courage and resolve; a strength of character. clench (the teeth), especially in order to keep one’s resolve when faced with an unpleasant or painful duty.

Take Shammah in the scripture above, he saw the Philistines and decided to stand his ground. He had grit. The scripture says that he killed the Philistines, not just some, not many, just killed them. ALL of them were defeated. He saw the troubles and he stood up to them and he gave them no ground. He said enough was enough. HE HAD GRIT. In the scripture, it kinda seems like he didn’t even take some time to think about it. He just stopped. I would imagine he said something like this, “You know what? I am tired of running away from this issue. All it does is follow me around and cause trouble.”

Okay, I don’t think some of you followed me on that last thought so I am going to expand upon that. If you did follow me, well good, its time to go deeper still. There is a phrase that AI heard once and I like, time to go further up and further in, I will most likely use that in my writing a lot. So let’s take a look at this. Shammah saw the issue that they were facing and said enough is enough. Let’s break down verse 12, shall we? It says he stationed himself in the middle. Not the left side, the right side, the top part, bottom part, or even that one little niche by the tree area. The middle of it all. Then he said he defended it. Pause for the cause. How many of us would look at our issues and defend against them? Don’t just say yes, look at your daily life. How often do you pause and say enough is enough I am standing here in the middle of the issue and I am going to defend it and myself. Becuase look what it says once he did that. He killed it and the Lord brought about a great victory. Shammah triumphed over the problem he faced, and I am sure that it was pleasant or pain-free. True grit is something that we all should want to have.

As Christians, the church, and the body of Christ find our grit. It’s time for us to stop pandering to society and just defend. Now I am not calling for any type of militant action or a Westboro Baptist Church type deal either. When your friends at work are doing something that offends you or is against what we believe then just say something little. “Hey, can you please not do, say, or act that way around me? I would appreciate it.” (and also, yes, that is still having grit.) We just need to finally say that yes we understand everyone has rights, but so do we. Everything done in love will prosper.

 

Yours in Christ,

Nathan Harvey

 

 

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