The previous blog listed four military decisions based on assumptions. Each led to disaster. This blog emphasizes the spiritual lessons Jesus would surface.
Re: the blackout on all Japanese ships in the Pearl Harbor attack. When God doesn’t answer prayer, or respond to need, or help us when we need him most…don’t immediately decide that: God has lost interest; God doesn’t care; God has changed how he responds to human need and human sin; God has forgotten something we wanted him to remember. His own time-table and sovereign grace determine how he supplies our needs, not our perceived crises.
Re: the Union Army’s slow progression up the Peninsula to Richmond. Since retreat expends less energy than attack, if Satan seems in retreat, he may be simply conserving his energy. When we go past his “flight” distance to his “fight” distance, back he storms. Then, as McClellan discovered in the Seven Days Campaign, Satan unleashes frontal and flank attacks that find us reeling from confidence to despair.
Consider the Allies planning for the invasion route Germany would take if invading Belgium in 1940. If Satan can’t find one way to defeat us, he’ll find another. He often humbles people we think are invulnerable to his temptations. He uses the intellectual pride of scholars to dispute with Jesus instead of submitting to Jesus. He uses religious people to lash out at what they consider lifestyles they can’t tolerate. Satan never lacks ways to come at us. Just when we think we’re finished with him, UP he shoots, like the target at a shooting range. Jesus never failed to discern Satan’s behavior, strategy and tactics. Or lacked a response to any Satanic probe.
Consider the Battle of the Bulge. Never assume that Satan no longer has the will or resources to retaliate after being beaten. Jesus never assumed Satan was defeated after the wilderness struggle. Though he flattened Satan like a pancake. Though he beat him black and blue. Jesus won the spiritual war in that conflict but knew that many battles remained to be fought during his ministry— and since.
Luke says that Satan left Jesus “until an opportune time.” Which came through the leaders: how dare Jesus heal on the Sabbath; how dare Jesus feast on fast days; how dare Jesus claim to be Lord of the Sabbath and God’s Son! Which came through his family: who refused to consider him a true prophet John 7:2-5; who considered him at best mentally unbalanced Matthew 12:46-50. Which came through his disciples: who pledged faith in him as God’s Son, then challenged his right to determine its meaning Matthew 16:16, 21-23. ETC. How often do we pledge fealty to him as Lord, then decide that his word means only what we consider true?
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