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Summary: Just like with Shammah the Lord is in the middle of every battle we face. He is there to help bring about a “great victory” even for us.

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In the text before us, Shammah is in the middle of a field filled with lentils. Lentils are peas, so he was in the midst of a pea patch.

The people of God had labored for many months to plant their ground with lentils. They sowed the seed, they cultivated the little shoots when they broke through the ground; they watered etc. It was months of backbreaking work. Now they were ready to gather the peas into the harvest.

They went out on this particular morning, but lo and behold, when they were about to gather the harvest, the Philistines suddenly appeared in the distance.

They were riding giant horses. They were clad in shining armor. The sun reflects off their swords. They scream their savage yells and it looked like sure victory.

Everybody ran except Shammah. They felt like they were no match for the Philistines. Shammah was all alone, so it appeared in the middle of this pea patch ready to defend it. He was in the middle of a mess. What a desperate situation he was in, trying to defend this field of peas all by himself.

How many times have you found yourself in the middle of something?

? The middle of a financial crisis

? The middle of a health crisis

? The middle of a job crisis

? The middle of a family crisis

? The middle of a church crisis

? The middle of a personal crisis

In other words, how many times have you found yourself in the middle of a mess with nowhere to go, feeling all abandoned?

Well I have good news for you tonight; I have always found that the Lord is always in the middle of whatever mess I may find myself in to help me defeat the enemy.

Just like with Shammah the Lord is in the middle of every battle we face. He is there to help bring about a “great victory” even for us.

You may be in the biggest storm of your life but I am here to tell you that the Lord is right there in the middle of it with you. Mark 6:47-48 – “(47) Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. (48) Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea …” {He came out to where they were in the middle of the storm}.

In Daniel chapter 3 we see that the Lord is in the midst of our fiery furnaces: “(23) And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst {In the middle} of the burning fiery furnace. (24) Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, ‘Did we not cast three men bound into the midst {the middle} of the fire?’ They answered and said to the king, ‘True, O king.’ (25) ‘Look!’ he answered, ‘I see four men loose, walking in the midst {the middle} of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God’” (Daniel 3:23-25).

No matter what you are going through when God is in the middle of it with you He will protect you. That which the devil meant to harm you will not have any power over you vs. 25 the king said they weren’t hurt, vs. 27 upon whose bodies the fire had no power, vs. 27 not a hair on their head was singed.


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