Who Is On Your Side?

10 And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him.
2 Samuel 5:10 (NLT)

After the death of Ishbosheth, all the tribe leaders agreed to elect David as their king. David became the king of the whole Israel. The first thing he did is to capture the city of Jerusalem. At that time, Jerusalem was occupied by a race called the Jebusites. If you look as the past records, these Jebusites did not create much problems for the Israelites like the Philistines or Moabites. This tells us that the Jebusites were not truly a huge and powerful nation. Yet they were able to resist the Israelites from the time of Joshua until the death of Ishbosheth. Why is that so? It seems that their strength came from the strategic location of the city itself.

Let us look at how they boasted.

6 David then led his men to Jerusalem to fight against the Jebusites, the original inhabitants of the land who were living there. The Jebusites taunted David, saying, “You’ll never get in here! Even the blind and lame could keep you out!” For the Jebusites thought they were safe.
2 Samuel 5:6 (NLT)

You can read that the Jebusites were not boasting of their powerful army because they had none. When they told David that even the blind and lame could keep him out, they must be referring to their location that could make them so secure that even the blind and lame were able to resist David’s forces.

If you look at the geography of Jerusalem, it is not too difficult to understand why. Jerusalem was on a hill. It is on higher ground. Such a position was very strong especially in the pre-gunpowder warfare. However, there is also a weakness for such hill fortress. Their enemies can surround them to cut off their food and water supplies. The Jebusites had prepared for this scenario. They must have stocked up their food supply. As for water, they had a water tunnel to supply water to their city in the event of a prolonged siege.

Ironically, David turned the Jebusites’ strength against them.

8 On the day of the attack, David said to his troops, “I hate those ‘lame’ and ‘blind’ Jebusites. Whoever attacks them should strike by going into the city through the water tunnel.” That is the origin of the saying, “The blind and the lame may not enter the house.”
2 Samuel 5:8 (NLT)

He used the water tunnel to get into the city. In other words, David had turned his enemies’ strength into an advantage for him to take over the city. From that day onwards, Jerusalem became the City of David. David became more powerful because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him.

10 And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him.
2 Samuel 5:10 (NLT)

Let us stop here and review the lessons to be learned.

The first lesson here is your enemies’ strength could also be their weakness. You may be facing a huge problem right now. The problem looks huge and powerful. It looks invincible and cannot be defeated. You have looked at every corner to find its weakness but failed. What are you going to do now? I would like to suggest something. Have you look at its strength? It is possible that in your attempt to find its weakness, you have avoided looking at its strength because you do not think you can take advantage of it. However, it is also possible that your enemy is so secure in his strength that this strength of his become his weakness, just like the Jebusites.

The Jebusites must have thought of their water tunnel as their powerful weapon that has helped them to outlast their enemies when they laid siege on the city. That water tunnel was their strength. However, they were so confident of their position that they failed to see it as a potential means for their enemies to seep in. They lost their city from this oversight.

This also means that we need to guard our strengths as well. Most of the time, we are so confident of our strength that we do not pay much attention to it. We should start to revise our strengths regularly to fix up the gaps in them. Do not be like the Jebusites where their greatest strength had become their weakness where their enemies managed to exploit.

The second lesson here is to know that as long as God is on your side, you cannot fail. You will win. Your destiny is to overcome every trouble that comes your way. David became more and more powerful because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him. If God could do that for David, he can do the same for you and me. No matter what problems you are facing now, you have God on your side. He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. You can overcome all your problems because God is on your side. You can only become more and more powerful because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies is with you.

If you have a problem with sickness, you will recover from it and become healthy. If you are poor, you will be exceedingly and abundantly rich. Whatever problem you face, you will overcome it because God is with you. The question here is, are you willing to obey and believe in him? David became powerful because he put his trust in God and obeyed him. If we are willing to do the same, we will be powerful as well. We will overcome every problem that comes to our way. Health, wealth and success will be at our disposal, in Jesus’ name.

One Response to “Who Is On Your Side?”

  1. Manie Says:

    Great Word. Thank for you such revelant messages. God Bless You.

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