“So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years” (Judges 3:30).TEXT — Judges 3:12-31
In the sixteenth century, there were close to seventy wars involving the nations and states of Europe. The Danes fought the Swedes. The Poles fought the Teutonic Knights. The Ottomans fought the Venetians. The Spanish fought the French, and so on. If there was a pattern to the endless conflicts, it was that battles overwhelmingly involved neighbours.
Our passage of reflection this day, tells us of the children of Israel doing evil again in the sight of the Lord and He using the scourge of the Moabites, under King Eglon, to punish them for eighteen years. It was a long and tedious servitude under a vicious nation. While this oppression prevailed, Israel cried unto the Lord for mercy and deliverance. He heard and granted them miraculous deliverance through the strategic military action of Ehud who neutralised more than ten thousand soldiers of the feuding Moabites. This was by no means the end of these wars, as nation fought against nation, with victory frequently switching sides.
Israel had no reason to be defeated in battle. The presence of Almighty God was more than enough; but careful evaluation of this text reveals that though God allowed the new generations of Israelites to inevitably experience war, He gave them the victory. However, Israel had more wars for forsaking God and joining in the worship of powerless and lifeless gods of the surrounding heathen nations, and entered into unequal marital unions with them. This was against God’s clear instructions.
Some of the wars raging against us today were precipitated by our careless actions. When we return to God, He will return to us. When we maintain a life of righteousness and obedience to God’s word, He will continue to give us victory in all our battles.
Thought for the day
Victory is sure for those who trust in God.
- in one year
- 1 CHRONICLES 12 – 15