Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Stop, Stand Still and Remember

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

11th November 2012

Israel’s first king was Saul and Abner was the captain of his army. When God took the kingdom from Saul and gave it to David, a division broke out between Abner and the armies of Saul against Joab, (David’s captain) and the armies of David.

Abner’s army came off worse and, as Abner fled, Joab’s younger brother, Asahel, pursued him and was killed.

The story is recorded in 2 Samuel 2:12-23 (NLT)

‘One day Abner led Ishbosheth’s troops from Mahanaim to Gibeon. About the same time, Joab son of Zeruiah led David’s troops out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. The two groups sat down there, facing each other from opposite sides of the pool.
Then Abner suggested to Joab, “Let’s have a few of our warriors fight hand to hand here in front of us.” “All right,” Joab agreed. So twelve men were chosen to fight from each side—twelve men of Benjamin representing Ishbosheth son of Saul, and twelve representing David. Each one grabbed his opponent by the hair and thrust his sword into the other’s side so that all of them died. So this place at Gibeon has been known ever since as the Field of Swords. A fierce battle followed that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the forces of David. Joab, Abishai, and Asahel—the three sons of Zeruiah—were among David’s forces that day. Asahel could run like a gazelle, and he began chasing Abner. He pursued him relentlessly, not stopping for anything. When Abner looked back and saw him coming, he called out, “Is that you, Asahel?” “Yes, it is,” he replied. “Go fight someone else!” Abner warned. “Take on one of the younger men, and strip him of his weapons.” But Asahel kept right on chasing Abner. Again Abner shouted to him, “Get away from here! I don’t want to kill you. How could I ever face your brother Joab again?” But Asahel refused to turn back, so Abner thrust the butt end of his spear through Asahel’s stomach, and the spear came out through his back. He stumbled to the ground and died there. And everyone who came by that spot stopped and stood still when they saw Asahel lying there’.

What I find interesting in this story is that David’s soldiers are also pursuing Abner and his men and when they came to the place where Asahel fell, they stopped, stood still and remembered him.

Of course, they could not have remained there long as there was still an enemy to pursue. But they did stop in honour of this man whose life had been lost on the battlefield.

I don’t what you will be doing on this Remembrance Day; after all there is so much to do, people to see, activities to accomplish, dreams to pursue.

In the midst of all this hustle and bustle why take 2 minutes out of your day to stop, stand still and remember all those who have given their life in the service of their country.

It is indeed fitting and appropriate that we take the time to remember those who have laid down their lives for others.

As Jesus said,

‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’. (John 15:13)

Have a good day of remembrance.

Pastor Barry

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