Confusion as a Weapon

We war.

God wars.

We often war differently.

I am still amused at the discrepancy between Joshua’s effectiveness and God’s in the Battle of the Valley of Aijalon.  Joshua pulled off the biggest miracle in all of human history, short of the resurrection of Christ.  He meddled with the cosmos and created a day almost twice as long as normal.

A miracle of staggering proportions.

The objective was to kill more runaway Canaanite soldiers.  It was God’s objective that Joshua was pursuing.  But it was Joshua’s idea to extend the day.

God was monitoring all of that, and although He honored Joshua’s request for cosmic adjustments, He noted that Joshua’s heroic strategy was not effective in getting the job done.  Canaanites could run faster than Hebrews.

After all, this was the land of the giants.  Apparently even ordinary Canaanites had a long leg gene.

So God broke out His God-sized sling shot, ordered a supply of Canaanite-appropriate hail stones, calculated the speed of the runners, the distance from origin to target, and God The Ultimate Sniper calmly picked off more enemy soldiers than Joshua’s men did.


Joshua could have just ordered up some hail to begin with, but he opted for the Draconian approach which didn’t really work as well as God’s more nuanced method.

There is a lesson to be learned here.

Watch how God does warfare and see what is portable to your situation.

Take the tool of confusion.  God gets a lot of mileage out of that one.

-At the Tower of Babel, He scrambled the languages of the world in order to stop their anti-God agenda.  It worked.  Genesis 11

-In Gideon’s battle, the 300 men had no hand for a sword.  They held a trumpet in one hand, a torch in the other, and they used their vocal chords as their third weapon.  God worked through the sound and light to cause confusion in the camp, so the enemy soldiers turned on each other until the army fled.  Judges 7

-At the battle of Mikmash, God sent “total confusion” on the Philistines before Saul and his army got there.  But it was an amazingly selective confusion.  There were a lot of Hebrews who had previously gone over to the Philistine side in an effort to simply survive.  On that day, the Philistines had confusion and were killing each other, but the Hebrews had clarity of mind and reneged on their commitments to the Philistines and went back over the King Saul.  1 Samuel 14

How’s THAT for surgical strikes on the battlefield!

-God did a rerun of that movie, causing the Moabite and Ammonite armies to forget that they were there to take down Judah.  They destroyed each other so thoroughly, King Jehoshaphat and his troops didn’t even have to do a mop-up operation.  They simply gathered up the spoils of war and went home.  1 Chronicles 20

-David used confusion as a curse on his enemies.  Psalm 70

-And finally, Jesus used it in his trial at the Jewish kangaroo court.  Mark 14

So read those stories, see what the conditions were which merited the use of this particular tool, and then see if there is some situation in your life where the weapon of confusion used against the enemy would be appropriate.

Copyright July 2017 by Arthur Burk



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11 Responses to Confusion as a Weapon

  1. Barbara Wall says: brilliant! Just sayin.

  2. Daphne says:

    Confusion in the enemy’s camp! I have been praying like this for years! Thank you for the confirmation Arthur! I can’t thank you enough, everytime!

  3. Cynthia says:

    I wonder what would have happened if Joshua had continued to have the heart he originally demonstrated when he “did not depart from the tent” of meeting with God? If he had maintained the intimacy level he had when he was serving Moses? I wonder whether his awareness of his own dominion would have had a deeper meeting place with the heart of God, and what might have happened then?
    I also find myself wondering whether God actually enjoyed Joshua’s creativity and chutzpah, and so moved to back him up to make sure that, even though he didn’t exactly nail it, he still got credit for the victory.
    Walking in dominion AND receiving God’s sovereignty – what does that look like? All you SLGers are doing an amazing job of modeling that balance for us. Reminds me of your account to us of the cell phone that was recharged by an angel at the top of a mountain, because in spite of not necessarily planning ahead exactly right, God WANTED her to catch the beauty on her phone. What a lovely King we serve.
    Thanks, Arthur!!

  4. Sikhumbuzo Moyo says:

    real fun great weapon indeed to our advantage, wow love it

  5. Soo Fee says:“So read those stories, see what the conditions were which merited the use of this particular tool, and then see if there is some situation in your life where the weapon of confusion used against the enemy would be appropriate”.
    Will do. At first glance, God’s people were always in a situation where they were outnumbered and overpowered while God’s enemy were always in a position of superiority, thinking that they could outsmart and outmatch God. We saw this playing out in world history too. God confused Hitler’s mind in Germany’s invasion of Russia that ultimately led to the end of WWII.

  6. Maggie says:

    I have prayed in the past ” confuse their tongues”, against those who speak lies about me; just one of those strategies in the battlefield, but had not seen more scriptures to refer to, had not thought of it!. Its great to have this kind of knowledge of the Bible, I appreciate your sharing it Arthur, it does help to study the Word and not just take from leadership. Must get back to that strategy as I get back to the battlefield.

  7. Janis Leal says:

    How is it that you make me enjoy the challenge of ingesting vital, substantive meat while straining not to laugh out loud…? The struggle is real… (but oh so fun). Truth deliciously peppered with humor — love it.

    And I so appreciate the Biblical references, making plain what wasn’t so apparent — confusing the enemy. Most definitely will be applying this strategic weapon.

  8. at the exquisite victory turn-arounds executed by God using this brilliant weapon! (Arthur, fiendish twinkle in your eye as you scribbled this? Heheheh!)
    Now, where in my life may ‘confusion’ be the perfect weapon? Hmmmm….

  9. Julian says:

    Wow timely.

  10. Nathan says:

    I have meditated on and prayed through Psalm 70 a lot for this very thing in the last few years. This blog gave some language to something I have prayed over a lot. Amen and Amen.

  11. Kristan Matoska says:


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