God Bursts Through My Enemy Like A Raging Flood

I LOVE God’s Holy Word. I LOVE reading my Bible. I love that God takes whatever I’m reading and applies it to what I’m going through, right now. This is what I read last night in my journey of reading through the Bible (in, well, as long as it takes).

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he marched out to meet them. The Philistines arrived and made a raid in the valley of Rephaim. 10 So David asked God, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”

The Lord replied, “Yes, go ahead. I will hand them over to you.”

11 So David and his troops went up to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “God did it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So they named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). 12 The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, so David gave orders to burn them.

13 But after a while the Philistines returned and raided the valley again. 14 And once again David asked God what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” God replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar[b] trees. 15 When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, go out and attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.” 16 So David did what God commanded, and they struck down the Philistine army all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.

17 So David’s fame spread everywhere, and the Lord caused all the nations to fear David.

I Chronicles 14: 8-16

There are some very powerful things in these verses. First … God enables us ad uses us to burst through our enemies! How cool is that! And we can take none of the credit – it is ALL about God and NOTHING about us. My God … who bursts through my enemies. I really needed to hear that.

Because of who David was, his enemies came after him. We want to think that the closer we get to God and doing/becoming who He desires for us to be and become, the less we will have to face our enemies. But tis isn’t so. When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. Not only did his enemies come after him, and were defeated, but they came after him again: 13 But after a while the Philistines returned and raided the valley again. 

I want to only face my enemy once. I want it to be that defeating my enemy once means my enemy is gone for forever. But tis not so. Our enemies are relentless; defeat does not stop them. They come after us again and again. I get tired of the word ‘again.’

Each time David was faced with attacks from his enemy, He consulted God as to what he should do … first … before he did anything. VERY important. 10 So David asked God, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” 14 And once again David asked God what to do. Here are those words, ‘once again.’ Sometimes I feel weighted having to go to God, once again. “Here I am, God, once again, fighting the same enemy, who You enabled me to defeat before, but he’s back. Again.” I get tired of once again.

I found it interesting that God had different game plans for each attack. The Lord replied, “Yes, go ahead. I will hand them over to you.” “Do not attack them straight on,” God replied.” One of the critical reasons God wants us to consult with Him first is that He is the Master Planner. He knows the best way for us to defeat our enemy this time. And this time may very well require a different game plan than last time.

After David received God’s instructions, David obeyed God. This may seem trivial because who would not obey God? Well, a lot of us.  11 So David and his troops went up to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there.” 16 So David did what God commanded,” David didn’t argue with God or question Him; he simply obeyed Him.

David did not take credit for that which God did. “God did it!” David exclaimed.” 17 So David’s fame spread everywhere, and the Lord caused all the nations to fear David.” No matter how gifted and talented we are. No matter how hard we worked for what we have. WE.DID.NOT.DO.IT. God did. God gives us our talents and gifts and abilities and wisdom and discernment and knowledge. No matter how we try to slice it, we still cannot take credit for what God does.

I cannot ignore another truth here. When David defeated his enemies and they ran, they left behind their idols. David did not ignore this. He burned them, got rid of them, destroyed them. 12 The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, so David gave orders to burn them.” Things that are against God and detestable to God need to be destroyed so they do not destroy us. Just because it’s left behind when God defeats our enemies through us does not mean God intends for us to keep it.

I love this: 15 When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, go out and attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.”  When we hear God, it may not be something we can understand. When you hear a sound like … marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees? God’s voice, His thoughts, His ways, are so much higher than ours. Only God can make the sound of marching feet on the tops of trees! And how clever! There is no direction of where the sound is coming from. And although David’s army was well equipped and very well experienced, GOD moved, and GOD struck down the army.

“God did it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!”  I love this verse. God did it, but He did it through David. Sometimes God does things all on his own; sometimes He uses us. I wish I could hover in a corner with my eyes closed till my enemy is defeated … but I can’t. Sometimes God will defeat our enemy without our help or even our knowledge that we had that particular enemy. But God often wants to enable us, use us, to burst through our enemies like a raging flood.

Author: Ame on February 5, 2013
Category: News/Opinion
2 responses to “God Bursts Through My Enemy Like A Raging Flood”
  1. ray says:

    I LOVE God’s Holy Word. I LOVE reading my Bible

    me too

    i have little connection to, or affinity for, the people and culture around me, but when i read the o.t. prophets i feel like i’m finally around sane folk and the world makes sense

    “No matter how hard we worked for what we have. WE.DID.NOT.DO.IT. God did. God gives us our talents and gifts and abilities and wisdom and discernment and knowledge. No matter how we try to slice it, we still cannot take credit for what God does.”

    yep

    Christ and Father make it LOOK like this person did this, and that person did that, guess they dont have much in the way of ego problems eh?

    but in reality (as all will eventually see) God is just allowing us a “part” in the working-out of his divine plans

    david is wonderful, an extraordinary man whose works by no means are finished . . . but bc he was truly near God, and God liked having him around, david was well-aware that he didnt “accomplish” anything

    even Jesus, the greatest among men and angels, over and over declared that he couldnt do anything on his own, but was borrowing from Father

    if he can say that, it doesnt leave us much room for strutting

    • Ame says:

      i find, in my life, the less i have, the easier to give God credit for everything. the more i have, the more challenged to give God the credit. our humanity wants to take credit for the good we do … or the good that comes from choices we make. it also makes it much more difficult when we’re with people who have made poor choices … i want to think i’m better than they are b/c i’ve made good choices. as christians, it’s easy for us to think we’re better b/c of our ability to make good choices, and then to take the credit. it’s hard to become humble enough to accept the truth that it is God who enables us to make the good choices, and to Him be the credit, and glory, and praise.

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