Once when asked about his great success on the battlefield, General William Sherman said that he knew that wherever he was that Grant knew too, and that if he got into a tight place, Grant would come to help him. In today’s text, Israel’s General Joab will invoke a similar arrangement in his battle with the Syrians and Ammonites. He will divide his army into two forces, one led by him and the other by his brother Abishai. He then tells Abishai that if he gets in a tight place he expects Abishai to send reinforcements to help him, and if Abishai gets in a tight spot, he will do likewise.
That’s not a bad strategy for us to employ as Christians as we fight our battles in this world. When one of us gets into an especially tight spot, the rest of us should rally to help. If we would all do that for each other, we would see many more victories in our trials and over our adversary than we do now.