“And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven” (Exodus 17:14).TEXT — Exodus 17:8-16
Historians’ verdict is that the World War II began on September 1, 1939, when a European nation launched expansionist attacks on a neighbouring nation after it had previously taken over other states on the continent. The country was not satisfied with its lot as it looked for wider spheres of influence. That alarmed the other world powers, forcing them into a mere regional conflict that spiralled into a global one.
God abhors warmongers. So, when a warlike race called the Amalekites took on this bloody trait and became a thorn in the flesh of Israel, God’s own people, the Lord decided to tame them. They attacked the Israelites from the rear, where Israel had its weak and vulnerable groups. The assault took place after their deliverance from Egyptian overlordship. Later, the Lord decided to take vengeance. The Lord said He would “utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven”.
The Lord is averse to conflicts that lead to destruction of lives and property. He is against individuals and nations whose pastime is war and bloodshed. When societies and their leaders gang up against His people and their inheritance, God is not disinterested. He will fight to protect His people from being dispossessed and destroyed. It is the reason the Christian must not take the law into his own hands but always allow God to adjudicate for him.
We receive real peace, equity and justice in society when we wait for heaven to settle scores for us instead of the worldly way of taking up arms to fight our course and avenge for ourselves. Jungle justice and mob action do lead to more wars, deadly disturbances, loss of lives and mass destruction of precious infrastructure. As salt to the earth and light to the world, the Christian must not be part of such social bedlam.
Thought for the day
A quiet and meek spirit triumphs over all odds.
- in one year
- PSALM 72 – 77