Read 1 Chronicles 17


Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in His sight (I Chr. 19:13).

Joab and his brother, Abishai, were two of David’s best soldiers. They had both served in great battles with David against powerful enemies. Joab in particular had been a close aide and advisor to David.

Two great armies were coming against Israel. Syria and the children of Ammon had surrounded them on every side. The two brothers divided the fighting men of Israel in two divisions. Joab and his army would face the Syrians on one side. While, Abishai and his army would face the children of Ammon.

The words spoken by Joab to his brother contain a great lesson for us as believers today. He told Abishai that if the children of Ammon are defeating him that he would come to his aid. Likewise, if the Syrians were overtaking Joab, Abishai would help his brother.

Joab then offers words of encouragement to his brother. In this verse, he challenges Abishai to be brave and to show his valor. He tells him to allow the Lord to work His will. 

And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God  (Rom. 8:27).


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