Grace and peace be unto you.
How do you respond when your enemy attacks? Do you cower, run and hide, or courageously stand your ground? Scripture says, “No weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you” (Isaiah 54:17).
The story is told that the Ammonites humiliated David’s envoys and became repulsive to him. Hence, they hired thirty three thousand men from Aramean, Maakah, and Tob. When David heard, he sent Joab with the Israelite’s army. The Ammonites came out and drew up in battle formation at the entrance of their city gate, while the thirty three thousand men were in the open country.
Joab saw that battle lines were drawn before and behind him, as such, he divided his army into two groups. He commanded one group and his brother, Abishai lead the other. He encouraged Abishai to be “Strong and fight bravely for the Lord will do what is good in his sight.” Then, Joab and his army approached the Arameans and they fled before him. When the Ammonites saw that the Arameans had fled, they ran from Abishai, and went inside the city. Consequently, Joab and his army returned to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 10:1-13).
Joab’s army did not need to fight the Ammonites and their allies, God’s terror fell on them and they ran. Wouldn’t it be great if occasionally our enemies run when we approach them? God has not changed. He still wants to fight our battles but we do not allow him. Sometimes we fight our battles in our own strength while other times we run and hide. God is not pleased when we employ these methods. The Bible says, “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you” (Psalm 37:5), and “The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1).
When we understand the power of the Holy Spirit who resides in us, we will not run or hide from our enemies. Instead, we will face them head on, “The Spirit who lives in us is greater than the spirit who lives in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Heavenly Father, thank you for your Holy Spirit, help us to seek your guidance in dealing with our enemies. In Jesus’ name, amen.