David was running for his life, from King Saul, again. Warriors from Gad came to help David while he was banished from the presence of Saul. They came to fight. Later they are described as crossing the Jordan at flood stage. It also says they put everyone to flight living in the valleys, to the east and the west. These were no boy scouts. David’s men fought for their lives, for David, and at times, for the whole nation of Israel. They knew how to be a Godly man.
“Some Gadites defected to David at his stronghold in the wilderness. They were brave warriors, ready for battle, able to handle a shield or a spear. Their faces were faces of lions, and they were as swift as gazelles in the mountains.” – 1 Chronicles 12:8
3 Ways You Can Be a Godly Man
We are struggling, too. We are fighting to be the men that God wants us to be. We are fighting for our wives and children. We are fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves. We are struggling to achieve something greater than ourselves because we are part of something greater than ourselves. But what qualities do we need to fight? These warriors show us what we will need to win the battle and the war.
Some have defined character as, “Who you are when no one is looking.” But it involves integrity, honesty, humility, and authenticity. You are who you say you are. And maybe more importantly, in this situation, you can finish the job you started. David’s men had character. They were brave warriors and had faces of lions (not literally). They had the dedication to fight for David. The style of fighting involved hand-to-hand combat much of the time. There was a high degree of bravery required. Yet, they consistently and faithfully demonstrated their character through their actions.
Commitment is what keeps you going when you want to quit. David’s men knew what they were committed to and were ready for battle. They aspired to victory but knew that it would require great sacrifice. However, this included the possibility of injury or death during the war. David’s men performed their duties to the best of their abilities. They also sought to accomplish the mission no matter the obstacles in their way. These men demonstrated their commitment through preparation.
Competence is the ability to perform your duties according to a set standard. It’s good to be good at what you do. These men can handle a shield or spear and are swift as gazelles in the mountains. These fighters were skilled in their craft, in this case, a shield and a spear. Earlier in the chapter, it talks about their ability to bow and sling a stone with their right or left hand. These were not just bodies to fill out the numbers. These were David’s special forces.
So, David’s fighting men were the real deal. You would consider each one to be a Godly man. They did all they could to protect David and the nation of Israel. We need the same skills if we are going to be God’s fighting men. I find it interesting that to be an Army Professional today in the US, you need to earn certifications in the same three areas listed in this passage about warriors: character, commitment, and competence. It looks like warriors have been the same for thousands of years. Will you enlist?