Hoekstra’s Day by Day by Grace (November 14th)
Who through faith…turned to flight the armies of the aliens. (Hebrews 11:34b)
In this summarized series of testimonies, the Lord’s servants “subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle” (Hebrews 11:33-34b). Our next category shows one more consequence of accessing grace through faith.
By trusting in the Lord, some of His people “turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” Jonathan (son of King Saul) provides an excellent picture of this. “Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, ‘Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few'” (1 Samuel 14:6). Although these two men were greatly outnumbered by the enemy forces, Jonathan knew that God was not restricted by numbers and could bring victory to His people. The anticipated response of the enemy soldiers confirmed God’s plan to Jonathan, so he attacked the fortress. “And Jonathan climbed up on his hands and knees with his armorbearer after him; and they fell before Jonathan. And as he came after him, his armorbearer killed them” (1 Samuel 14:13). The alien army reacted as though a mighty horde had swept over them. “And there was trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The garrison and the raiders also trembled; and the earth quaked, so that it was a very great trembling. Now the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and there was the multitude, melting away; and they went here and there” (1 Samuel 14:15-16). Other Israelites, who had been fearful, were encouraged to join in the battle. “Likewise all the men of Israel who had hidden in the mountains of Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, they also followed hard after them in the battle” (1 Samuel 14:22). So, two men were sufficient to cause a mighty army to flee, even if God needed to add an earthquake to ensure effectiveness!
By trusting in the Lord, we can also cause the enemy and his demonic forces to flee. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might…For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places…Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (Ephesians 6:10, 12 and James 4:7).