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