We must ALLOW GOD to FIGHT our BATTLES: “Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley. Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, ‘You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines’. So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer”. (1 Chron. 14:13-16)
There was a time in David’s life earlier that he had allied himself with the Philistines in order to escape the wrath of King Saul, and had settled in Gath with Achish, the Philistine ruler (1 Sam. 27:1-3). He received the town of Ziklag as a gift from Achish (v. 5), and stayed in the Philistine territory for about a year and four months (v. 7). However, he was rejected by the other Philistine kings during their battle against Israel (1 Sam. 29:3-11), and the Philistines started attacking Israel right after David became king (1 Chron. 14:8). Philistines were now perpetual enemies against Israel and Jehovah God!
During the first battle (1 Chron. 14:9-12), the Philistines were delivered in David’s hand by God Himself (v. 10b). However, the strategy for the second battle was different (compare verses 10 & 14) because God wanted David to understand that the battle was His, and not David’s. God demonstrated this by granting David victory over the Philistines in a spectacular manner, as David could literally hear the footsteps of God’s angelic troop marching on the tops of the mulberry trees. This was indicative of the fact that God had gone before with His angelic army to attack the Philistines and win a great victory for the Israelites!
Many times we attribute our success to our own intelligence and expertise, while we overlook the fact that God is truly the source of all our victories. This is what God had declared during another battle: "You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you" (2 Chron. 20:17). This is another promise of God: "No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me," Says the Lord (Isaiah 54:17).
When Moses and the Israelites were confronted with the Red Sea in the front, the steep mountains on the sides, and Pharaoh’s army in the back, this was what Moses spoke to the Israelites by faith: "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace" (Ex. 14:13-14). God opened a way for the Israelites through the Red Sea, and they walked on dry ground for their deliverance. God has further reiterated His promise through Moses and Joshua umpteen times that He would readily fight the battles on behalf of the Israelites (see Deut. 1:29-30; 20:4; Josh. 23:10-11).
We should allow God to fight our battles, since our enemy is unseen by our mortal eyes but can only be seen by God: "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12). God’s Word clearly says how we can allow God to fight our battles: "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Ps. 46:10) We have only to do the following three things when we are faced with our enemy: position ourselves, stay still, and watch the victory that God gives us.
Dr. Charles Stanley has expounded in one of his monthly ‘From the Pastor’s Heart’ letter that the best way to position ourselves for this battle is for us to fight it on our knees alone with God through prayer. How can we fight this battle on our knees?
- We must set aside time to be alone with our Heavenly Father. We must schedule time to focus solely on God because this is crucial to our success.
- We must listen quietly to the Father and expect Him to speak to us. God has a better perspective on what is happening in our lives, so we must pay attention to Him and obey His direction.
- If God reveals any sins in our lives, we must repent and get right with God immediately.
- We must remember there can only be one general in this battle—God. In order to achieve the victory that God has envisioned, we must fully surrender ourselves to Him.
- We must see everything that happens to us as coming from God. God is in charge of our situation and He is working out all things for our good to achieve His purpose (Rom. 8:28).