Whom God calls Enemy
Whom God calls enemy, one should not call friend.Ã‚Â That is how Ahab lost a very important battle and exchanged his life for the enemy that he should have killed.Ã‚Â Whom God called Ã¢â‚¬Å“enemyÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â he called Ã¢â‚¬Å“brotherÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (1 Kings 20:31-33).Ã‚Â He couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have been a goodlier Samaritan than God.
And he said unto him, Thus said the LORD, Because thou has let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his peopleÃ‚Â (v. 42).
It is suicidal to spare whom God has marked for death, no matter the sentiments.Ã‚Â That is one hard truth from Ahab’s fate.Ã‚Â King Saul learnt the lesson too late in the matter of Agag (1 Samuel 15).Ã‚Â In the critical battle with Benhadad, King Ahab was going to pay with his life for failing to see as God saw, for calling Ã¢â‚¬Å“brotherÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â whom God called Ã¢â‚¬Å“enemy,Ã¢â‚¬Â for sparing whom God had meant to kill.Ã‚Â It was the same blindness that killed General Sisera the Commander of King JabinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 900 chariots of iron.Ã‚Â He saw an ally in a foe, blinded by the milk and Ã¢â‚¬ËœwarmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ blanket that he had been Ã¢â‚¬ËœgenerouslyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ served before he was to be disgracefully extinguished by the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœvery unlikelyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ feeble wife of Jael, with a mere hammer and a nail (Judges 4:17-21).
Does God see as enemy whom you call Ã¢â‚¬Å“domestic-help,Ã¢â‚¬Â? Does God call Ã¢â‚¬Å“EnemyÃ¢â‚¬Â whom you call Father or Mother or Uncle or Business Associate or political leader?Ã‚Â It is dangerous in war to not be able to identify an enemy, especially because they are ’embedded’ or camouflaged.Ã‚Â May God open your eyes to see.Ã‚Â Amen.
Joshua was clear to the soldiers, that they were dealing with enemies, not friends; and that it was war, not a tea party.Ã‚Â In war, you either get your enemy first, or they get you.Ã‚Â They might not spare you if you let them go.Ã‚Â Spiritually speaking, anything opposed to your health, your wealth, your success in life and ministry, your family, etc.; anything and anyone that plots your downfall by whatever means, is an enemy.Ã‚Â The word of Joshua to the solders was to Ã¢â‚¬Å“smiteÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â them.Ã‚Â That does not sound like patting them on the back and sharing dinner with them.Ã‚Â In case that sounds too unlovingly Old Testament, kindly look up LukeÃ‚Â 12:49, 51-53.
To pursue is to accelerate, to make extra effort; it is to respond to a moment’s emergency.Ã‚Â Nobody lives a life of constant pursuit.Ã‚Â If you found a car perpetually speeding, or someone running all the time, it would be abnormal; but the moment comes occasionally when one has to accelerate, put in extra effort, deny comfort and burn more energy, just to catch up with a target or recover something lost.Ã‚Â A chase is certainly not a siesta; it could be very tiring, but rest may follow later.Ã‚Â If Joshua’s soldier had failed to accelerate, and allowed the enemies to escape back into their cities, those enemies could have regrouped, refortified, and returned to resume the fight on a day Israel was ill prepared, and the story could have been otherwise.
And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him,Ã‚Â faint, yet pursuingÃ‚Â themÃ‚Â (Judges 8:4).
The flesh will not always be on your side on the day you are called to pursue your enemies, but please, pursue; Ã¢â‚¬Å“faint, yet pursuingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â Sisera, the great warrior and captain of JabinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 900 chariots of iron, died when he stopped to refresh in the house of a Ã¢â‚¬ËœfriendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ on a day he should have kept running for life.Ã‚Â He stopped to sleep while being pursued; a great warrior betrayed by his weary flesh (Judges 4:17-21).
O enemies, I pursue you this day by prayers, by fasting, by the word, by a life of righteousness.Ã‚Â I cut off all your escape routes, and I begin to smite you, in Jesus name. Amen.
Now hear David,
37Ã‚Â I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn againÃ‚Â tillÃ‚Â they were consumed.
38Ã‚Â I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.
39Ã‚Â For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
40Ã‚Â Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate meÃ‚Â (Psalm 18:37-40). Amen.
From The Preacher’s diary