Continued from yesterday….
Let us take another instance from the bible.
Nebuchadnezzar v Shadrach, Mesach and Abdnego…Daniel 3…This is a very common story, so I will get straight to the point. Because these men refused to bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statute, he was angry and asked that they should be thrown into the furnace. To Nebuchadnezzar, it was a battle against the three young men who had defied him. In vs 15, the King said “…then what god can deliver you out of my hands.” He didn’t know that his real opponent was God, but the three men knew the battle wasn’t theirs’ but God’s own. In vs 16, they replied him “O King Nebuchadnezzar we need not defend ourselves before you on this matter. If you have us thrown into the furnace, THE GOD WE SERVE WILL BE ABLE TO SAVE US FROM IT AND HE WILL RESCUE US FROM YOUR HANDS”
These men later won the battle because they knew whose battle it was and at the end even Nebuchadnezzar worshipped God.
BALAAM V THE TALKING DONKEY: Numbers 22
King Balak sent for Balaam to come and curse the Israelites, God however instructed Balaam not to go at first, but after a while God allowed him to go but only on the condition that he does what he(God) instructs. On the way, Balaam’s donkey kept veering off the road into the field, this angered Balaam and he struck the donkey thrice. To cut the long story short, the angel of the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes and it was then he saw the angel of the Lord standing on the road with a drawn sword.
Balaam thought his donkey was just being disobedient by veering off the road, it was when the Lord opened his eyes that he discovered that he was not battling with his donkey but with the angel of the Lord. In vs 22 “…and the angel of the Lord posted himself on the road to block his way”
Imagine, Balaam who was a prophet didn’t even know he was entering into a battle against God, thanks to his donkey who recognised the angel of the Lord and retreated. In vs 32 the angel told him “…I have come to OPPOSE you because you have been reckless in undertaking this journey” vs 33 “The donkey saw me and turned away three times. Otherwise I would have killed you and spared her”
Even a prophet of God almost got himself killed because he didn’t understand whose battle it was.
My prayer this day is that God gives us the divine understanding that will help us understand whose battle it is we are fighting, and that he opens our eyes to see God and not go into battle against God. Amen
To be continued….
Oyekan Oluwaseun O
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Few days ago, I had the opportunity of listening to one Yoruba gospel song with the title ‘Iwo ko lo dami’ where the story of the encounter between David and Goliath was sung. Of course it wasn’t my first time of listening to the song but it was my first time of understanding the story and i know the understanding was made possible through the help of the Holy Spirit.
That day i understood that many christians lose their battles in the ‘world’ because we think it is our battle forgetting that it actually belongs to God. We forget that we can’t fight God’s battle for him. And for those christians that win their battle, it because they understood that the battle isn’t theirs’ but God’s and so they allow God take charge and use them win the battle and the enemies lose because they didn’t know they were going into war against God.
For better understanding we will share few instances from the Bible.
DAVID v GOLIATH: 1 Samuel 17. While trying to impress Saul, David made some key statements. ”I had killed lions and bears…” ”the Lord who delivered me…will deliver me from the Philistine” . When Goliath saw David all he saw was a small young harmless boy and he was angry and was so sure he was going to win. He saw David as his opponent, but David knew it was God’s battle so he told Goliath…”You come against me with sword… but I come against you IN THE NAME OF THE LORD,THE GOD OF ISRAEL, WHOM YOU HAVE DEFIED. THE LORD WILL DELIVER YOU THIS DAY INTO MY HANDS…THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD…”
Goliath didn’t know his real opponent was God and because David knew what Goliath didn’t see, David won the battle and God’s name was glorified.
Tomorrow we will share more examples from the scripture.
But before then, let us put this in our mind as christians that to win our battle against the world, we must understand whose battle it is. We must understand that the battle belongs to God and not us.
TO BE CONTINUED….Shallom
OYEKAN OLUWASEUN O