I love history and I have been privileged to study about world wars. As much as I don’t like the idea of bloodshed, the strategies, the mind games and the layout to battle was quite fascinating. All seems fair in war as long as the enemy is defeated.
In my study, I learnt about a woman who I would also call a strategist named Jael. She was a wife and happened to be home alone when the enemy fled towards her direction. She invited him in, gave him a place to lay his head, covered him up and even fed him. Then, his chauvinistic self, requested she further acts as a guard at the door just in case his enemies came in. Little did he know he was slowly approaching his death.
Jael agreed to do all these things until she got him to the point where he trusted her enough to sleep in her tent and there after she killed him. This is a bible story in the old testament and no longer are we allowed to go about killing people, but as controversial as this story seems, therein lies many lessons.
This woman was wise enough to not contend with the enemy but to rather wait and attack at his lowest point. She probably was not trained for war enough to undergo a physical combat. Hence if she approached him with force the story would have played out differently.
The idea we have of war has bloodshed, weapons, bomb explosions and the likes, therefore we find it difficult to associate going to work or hanging out with our people as warfare. The truth is we face different battles on a daily basis and whenever we identify any, we tend to be on the attacking end.
Let me introduce you to a whole list of strategies used in the bible to fight battles.
When the children of Israel were to pass through Jericho and there was a high wall blocking their way, God instructed them through Joshua to walk around the wall in complete silence. Your silence is a strategy. Imagine circling the wall day in and day out saying nothing and doing nothing in particular. I can only imagine how foolish they looked in the eyes of the people in Jericho. Your silence may also look foolish in a very loud world, but be reminded there is a time to talk and a time to be silent.
The time for them to noise up came as they broke into a shout that brought the walls down. I pray your discernment is so sharp as to know when to speak and when to literally hold your peace.
I am also reminded of the story of David and Goliath where Goliath kept on ranting and boasting, but little David said his two cents and went into action. He eventually brought the head of Goliath the giant down.
Your wilderness experience is also a strategy. Before David came to face Goliath, he was tending the sheep and a bear and a lion came to attack them. He fought and killed the predators without an audience. It was just him and the sheep. Little did he know God was using his ‘wilderness’ experiences to prepare him for even greater battles. Never underestimate the power of things God allows you go through in private all because you don’t have one million followers on IG. Build in secret if you have to.
The strategy of waiting. Remember how Jael did not pounce on the enemy as soon as she saw him. She waited. David was also anointed king years before he actually sat on the throne. Esther waited organizing banquet upon banquet before she ‘reported’ Haman to her husband the king.
Time and chance happens to us all but imagine the tragedy of eating your fruits before its time. Soemtimes you need to scheme and scan before pouncing. I recently learnt how a lion runs to safety before coming back to pounce on its prey. That short period probably gives it perspective. Wait till you get your own perspective.
The strategy of action. It is not every time you are expected to fold your hands and walk around the wall in silence. Jesus walked in the temple one time and found out people were buying and selling in the house of the Lord. Jesus – I mean Jesus the son of God, the all powerful, all wonderful, chased them out. Christianity is not just a walk of watching and doing nothing. When your time of silence and waiting ends, physically chase them out if you need too.
Many times David would ask God, should I pursue? Will I overtake? And some times God will say pursue. On instruction, get up and effect the change you want to see.
I cannot exhaust all the strategies in the word of God, but I just want you to learn that different circumstances require different actions. Do not hold unto one strategy.
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Story of Jael: Judges 4:17-24