Now the Philistines had come and raided the Valley of Rephaim; so David inquired of God: “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?” The Lord answered him, “Go, I will deliver them into your hands.” (1 Chronicles 14:10 NIV)… Once more the Philistines raided the valley; so David inquired of God again, and God answered him, “DO NOT GO DIRECTLY AFTER THEM, but circle around them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” (1 Chronicles 14:13-15 NIV)
Beloved, there is the saying that we should choose our battles wisely and I believe this is one great lesson we can learn from the great king David, who was constantly faced with battles from the enemy. He had a very smart strategy for handling these battles. Every time he was faced with an enemy, he would always ask God whether it was a cause worth pursuing himself or whether God was going to confuse them first. Basically, David was saying, Lord, what’s the strategy?
So, the question for you today as we enter a new month is, “have you ever stopped to ask the Lord what the strategy is for dealing with the battles you face? Do you know that it is not everybody that confronts you that you respond to?” There may be times the Lord would tell you to do nothing; hold your peace, just be still and know that I am God. He may even tell you to be the first one to make peace. In other words, be the first one to say good morning. That’s bound to confuse them.
Beloved, does every little thing that people do to you trigger you off? Don’t you think fighting every day is bound to wear you out? There are some things the enemy brings your way just to either intimidate or distract you. That’s all. So, instead of always falling for his tricks, why not try doing the same thing David did and ask God, what’s the strategy? If He says that the battle is not worth pursuing, instead of getting so worked up, why not allow God go in front of you.
Beloved, there may be times when the Lord would want you to just focus on Him; worshipping and praising Him. That is the greatest weapon against the enemy. Do it and save your strength for a fight that is worth fighting.