How Do I Stay in the Will of God? Daniel Kolenda Stand in Your Pea Patch In 2 Samuel 23 David’s “mighty men,” were a small militia of extraordinarily skilled warriors. It was not a big army, but it was a tough army, like a highly trained special forces unit. They were amazingly proficient with their weapons. In fact, the Bible says they could split a hair with their slingshots—left-handed! (See 2 Chronicles 12:2.) The chapter goes on to describe in greater detail the exploits of a small handful within that group who were the best of the best of the best! These men were like real-life superheroes who would make Rambo look like a Girl Scout. One of these men was Adino. “He lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time” (v. 8). “Abishai . . . lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them” (v. 18). Benaiah the son of Jehoiada “slew two lion like men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow: and he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear” (vv. 20–21). But my favorite one of David’s mighty men was Shammah. Now after him was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered into a troop, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the people fled from the Philistines. But he took his stand in the midst of the plot, defended it and struck the Philistines; and the Lord brought about a great victory. —2 Samuel 23:11–12, NAS Some scholars believe Shammah, mentioned in 2 Samuel, could be the same man whom Judges 3:31 calls Shamgar, who killed six hundred Philistines with an ox goad! Either way one thing is clear: Shammah won an overwhelming victory against impossible odds, and through his courage and valor, God brought about a great triumph for Israel. Let us consider his story. It was an ordinary day in Israel. The people were going about their daily business as usual. On the outskirts of the city, in a remote field, a group of laborers was harvesting a meager crop of peas. Suddenly a shadow fell on that pea patch from the hills as hundreds of Philistine soldiers appeared, armed in full battle gear. Fear struck the hearts of the people. These farmers were mere peasants, armed only with spades, hoes, and other agricultural tools. They knew they had no chance against a professional army. Remaining in that field would mean almost certain death. They looked down at their pea patch situated on an insignificant plot of land, and they realized that it was not worth risking life and limb to defend that ground. They dropped their farming tools and ran for their lives. This would have been the end of the story, but unfortunately for the Philistines there was one man in the field that day who was not just a peasant or a farmer—he was a warrior. He was one of David’s “mighty men.” Shammah was perhaps one of the greatest warriors who has ever lived, and this was to be his most glorious battle. From the story of Shammah I would like to give you the three words of wisdom that I believe will help you to remain in the will of God. His story reveals three qualities that I believe are nonnegotiable if you are to go the distance and fulfill God’s will for your life: integrity, focus, and perseverance.