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Last week my son brought a friend home for a couple of days – there’s a particular mountain he loves to climb when he’s here and wanted to share the view with her. We had dinner on the front porch and afterward they donned jackets and took off up the holler. Later I asked how the hike went and he said they got half way up the mountain when all got eerily quiet around them. He’s climbed these mountains enough times to know when that certain sound of quiet wraps itself in the air? Trouble’s a-brewin’! Trouble around here could be a 500-pound black bear with cubs! They shortened their climb and returned to a lower elevation!
Nature, by God’s design, has its own warning system. When storms begin to form, birds fly away from it – avoiding danger. How many of us have used the phrase, “The lull before the storm.” We sense things. I, for one, heed warnings. God has an incredible way, via Holy Spirit, of warning me – I call it my “red flag.” If something doesn’t feel right, the red flag begins furling and makes me uncomfortable.
David had an awesome relationship with God. God called him a “man after My own heart.” David was a man of war. He was brave and courageous. Yet, he was wise, and not given to foolish ways when it came to fighting. [Women were another issue altogether!] I believe David’s nemesis was the Philistines, remember Goliath? He was a Philistine and it’s quite apparent they held a grudge against David for killing their hero, Goliath, because they were always ready for a battle with David and his mighty men.
David didn’t just go into battle haphazardly, he inquired of God. (Read the full account here.)
David prayed to God, “Is this the right time to attack the Philistines? Will you give me the victory?”
God answered, “Attack, I’ll give you the victory.”
David and his men were victorious that day – he called it an explosion! The defeated Philistines retreated and fled.
Didn’t take them long before they decided to attack again.
David again prayed to God.
God answered, “This time don’t attack head-on, circle around them and come at them from the Balsam grove. When you hear a sound like shuffling feet in the tops of the Balsams? ATTACK! I will be two steps ahead of you, slaughtering your enemy.”
Take a moment for a happy, hallelujah dance…
Next time you feel under attack by the enemy of your soul, I want you to be still for a moment, praying as you do, and listen with your spiritual ears.
Do you hear Him? The God of Angel Armies? Shuffling feet? Yup, He’s two steps ahead of you, destroying your enemy.
Now, go forth, and walk in victory.