In the olden days, whenever an army was about to face the other, surrender conditions were negotiated, prior to go to war. If a king saw that he had no conditions to overcome the enemy, he would surrender to the enemy upon some conditions, usually they would serve them as slaves.
Let us meditate in the below passage of the Holy Scriptures.
1 Samuel 11
“Then Nahash the Ammonite came up and encamped against Jabesh Gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you.”
2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, “On this condition I will make a covenant with you, that I may put out all your right eyes, and bring reproach on all Israel.”
What can we see here in above verses?
- They quickly surrendered and asked for a covenant.
- The enemy accepted upon one condition to take away the right eye from every habitant of that city.
Today this enemy is evil that has surrounded us with many problems, adversities and setbacks. The devil wants us to give up, to surrender, to trow the towel and make a “Covenant” with those problems, meaning, to accept them, to administrate the problems and end up getting used to it, saying: “It’s life!…”
The devil wants to take away our vision of God’s greatness, of His word!…By taking away our “Right eye” evil wants to narrow our sight to the problems and leave us with the “scars” of life, so that we are always remembering our failures, past and setbacks. In the same way we remember what caused a scar, evil wants us to be dwelling in the past.
3 Then the elders of Jabesh said to him, “Hold off for seven days, that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel. And then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.”
4 So the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and told the news in the hearing of the people. And all the people lifted up their voices and wept.
Many are those that use their emotions and weep, mourn, complain and become desperate as the problems unfold, as if any of those things would sort out the problems!..
Let us see what was the right attitude!…
5 Now there was Saul, coming behind the herd from the field; and Saul said, “What troubles the people, that they weep?” And they told him the words of the men of Jabesh.
6 Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard this news, and his anger was greatly aroused. 7 So he took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not go out with Saul and Samuel to battle, so it shall be done to his oxen.”
- When one is possessed by the Spirit of God, the person is: Bold, strong, courageous, fearless, emotionless.
- The Spirit of God makes the person to have a “Fighting” spirit and not accepting defeat. Actually one places all his life on the line, life or death, honour or dishonour.
The Holy Spirit is ALL WE NEED in order to overcome our fears, doubts, insecurities, traumas, complexes, adversities and overall weaknesses. The Holy Spirit enable us to overcome our lusts, cravings and fleshly desires.