Shammah’s Dirty Feet

It’s quite possible you’ve never heard of Shammah. Even so, he went down in biblical history as one of David’s three mightiest warriors. We find just a couple of verses about him in 2 Samuel 23 where his deeds were listed…. 

11 Next in rank was Shammah son of Agee from Harar. One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils. The Israelite army fled, 12 but Shammah held his ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.

Evidently, the Israelite army had camped in or near a field of lentils, which are a type of bean. When the Philistines came, Shammah was the only one among them who decided the field was worth fighting for. God used him alone to defeat the entire Philistine army.

It seems to me Shammah had dirty feet long before Christ even walked the earth. Here we see an army of God’s people, pledged to defend Israel, running away from a task because they didn’t think this “hill o’beans” was worth defending. But Shammah had already decided long before the Philistines arrived that his job of defending Israel included this insignificant bean field as well. He committed everything he had to getting the job done regardless of who was or was not with him. 

His willingness to do what no one else wanted to do made him useful to both David and God. Most of us would jump to the conclusion it was Shammah’s strength or bravery that made him mighty. But in my opinion, these were secondary. It was his dirty feet, or his commitment if you will, that made him mighty. Because of his faithfulness in the small things, God was able to use him to accomplish the big things. 

Isn’t it amazing what God can do through us when we commit our dirty feet to him? 

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