5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 NKJV
With faithful King David in place over a unified nation, God began to bring peace to Israel.
The neighboring Philistines had been a thorn in Israel’s side since the time of the Judges, men and women who ruled over the nation prior to God’s installation of a king. There had been many battles between the two peoples, and only the miraculous intervention of God prevented the destruction of Israel.
The first thing David did upon being anointed king over all twelve tribes was to take the citadel city of Jerusalem. This city had been held by the Jebusite people and was well defended, but David and his army were able to take it. He made it the new capital city of all the nation, calling it the City of David.
God confirmed David’s role in the new nation by granting him favor through Hiram, king of Tyre, a neighbor to the north. Hiram sent cedar from Lebanon along with craftsmen to build a house for David in Jerusalem.
12 And David knew that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. 2 Samuel 5:12 NKJV
Now David believed it was time to do something about the enemies surrounding Israel who were raiding and invading it. His first order of business was to repel the Philistines, a longstanding enemy. If God was on his side, this should be no trouble at all. He had seen that firsthand years earlier with his triumph over the giant, Goliath.
Here we learn another lesson from David. With all the favor being shown to him, it would be natural to assume that God would grant him victory over the Philistines any way he chose.
Instead, David sought the Lord before he made such a decision. The first time David asked, the Lord did tell him to go up, and He broke out against the Philistines, forcing a retreat. When the Philistines regrouped, instead of assuming a repeat of his successful strategy, David sought the Lord again. This time, God gave David a different answer:
23 And when David inquired of the Lord, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. 24 And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” 2 Samuel 5:23-24 NKJV
God brought peace to Israel through David’s faith. Rather than the head-on assault that worked so well last time, David waited until he heard the “sound of marching” in the treetops, then knew the Armies of the Lord were in the battle, and he could not lose.
Like David, we gain true peace and victory when we seek the Lord in faith for our decisions, rather than assume He will always bless whatever we choose to do.
When we invite God into the battle, He will lead the way for us. We may find that this is not the time nor the method He chooses for us to proceed into battle. If that is the case, it will be much more fruitful to wait and to follow His recommended plan and timing, allowing the Armies of God to defend us against our enemies.
I once learned a valuable technique from a fellow believer. Whenever he was about to enter a business meeting where important decisions were to be made, he always stopped at the door and silently prayed, “Jesus, You enter first”. He listened for the gentle guidance of God no matter what else was happening in the room.
When we are aligned with the Armies of God and choose to follow Him when and where they are “marching in the treetops”, we cannot fail. In faith, we know that will be led down the best path for our future, whether it appears to be that way or not at the time. And we will have peace when we place our will and life into His hands, knowing that He loves us and has our best interests in mind.
Where do you need peace with God or with others today? Invite Him in faith to take the reins in that situation. He will lead you and guide you towards a great blessing that will become apparent over time.
May the peace of Jesus Christ reign in our hearts today. If you do not know Him, now is a good time to invite Him into your heart. Enjoy a rich banquet of blessing with the True King, the Bread of Life, today.
20 Behold, I (Jesus) stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 NKJV