9 So David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”
The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.”
2 Samuel 5:9 (NLT)
After David had taken over Jerusalem, the Philistines began to take him seriously. They viewed him as a threat. So, they mobilize their forces to capture him before he became too strong for them. Please note that these were the people who managed to scare Saul into defeat. When Saul faced them in battle, he was so scared that he was already defeated from within. His battle was literally one sided. The Israelites ran and the Philistines chased. Saul lost his life in that battle.
The same Philistines army attacked again. Could David face this challenge? He asked the Lord. The Lord’s answer was very clear, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.” The Lord wanted David to go forward and face his challenge. This is the same for you and me.
What will you do when you face a problem too big for you to overcome? Will you ask the Lord? When you do, he will always tell you to go ahead. Why? God knows about your problems even before it comes to you. He could have stopped it the moment it begun but he didn’t. Why not? Is he a pervert who loves to see us suffer?
That is the view of theologians. If you ask a theologian or a religious pastor, he or she will tell you that God gives us troubles or “allows” us to face troubles because he wants to test us, strengthen our faith or any form of theological nonsense. They tried to present God as the source of our problems but you have read the articles from this blog, you will realize that theology is nothing more than a lie from the pit of hell.
The truth is, God is not a pervert. He will never create troubles for us. He will never make us poor or sick for his glory. God is glorified when we are rich, healthy and successful. Why then will he not stop our troubles when they first appear? This way, we will never face any trouble in our lives.
There can only be 2 reasons for this:
1. God knows that we have what it takes to overcome that problem. He has given us everything we need to do it and he truly believes in us.
2. He plans to use that problem to piggyback more blessings to us. In other words, this problem will make us richer.
Knowing the above, we should be filled with hope each time we encounter any impossible situations in our lives. The fact that the “impossible” situation exists simply proves it is not that impossible or God would not have allowed it to happen in the first place. This was what happened for the godly people in the Bible. Each time they faced a challenging situation, they always emerge victorious and ended up better off than before they faced their problems. Therefore, problems can be good for us but not in the way the theologians put it.
That was what David did when he was confronted with the mighty Philistine force.
20 So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).
21 The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David and his men confiscated them.
2 Samuel 5:20-21 (NLT)
I like the term place Baal-perazim, which means “the Lord who bursts through”. The Lord always bursts through for us if we are willing to obey him. Whatever problem you are facing right now, the Lord is always burst through for you. If you can believe this, your “impossible” situation is as good as over. This is a guarantee from the integrity of God.
As for David, he has won impressively but that was not all. The Philistines regrouped and attacked for the second time. David asked the Lord again but he got a slightly different answer.
22 But after a while the Philistines returned and again spread out across the valley of Rephaim.
23 And again David asked the Lord what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” the Lord replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar trees.
24 When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, be on the alert! That will be the signal that the Lord is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.”
25 So David did what the Lord commanded, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
2 Samuel 5:22-25 (NLT)
This time, the Lord gave David a strategy, which was a shortcut to victory. Do not attack from the front. Hit the enemies from behind. The Lord even gave him a signal to tell him when to attack. David obeyed and won again.
What can we learn from the second battle with the Philistines? God knows how to do his job. Whatever you want to achieve in life, seek God first and he will tell you the best way to achieve them. If you aim to get your first million dollars in five years time, why not ask God about it? He may have to way for you to get that million in one year instead of five. You would have saved four years of work.
In conclusion, God is on your side. He is with you to help you to overcome all the troubles that are in your way. Not only that he knows all the shortcuts that will help you to achieve your dreams with minimum effort, minimum costs and shortest possible time. Listen to him. You will not regret it.