“And the Lord said unto Joshua, fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king; only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it” (Joshua 8:1-2).
The key to the victory over Ai is ambush! Joshua was wiser this time to act accordingly. He laid men in ambush behind the city and attacked the city from the front. He pretended to run as they did the first time from Ai and the whole of the people of Ai came out to chase them. As the people of Ai came out of the city, Joshua spread the spear in his hand against the city at the word of the Lord.
The ambush arose and set the city on fire. Joshua and the ‘fleeing’ soldiers turned back and Ai was sandwiched. The battle plan for Ai was different from the battle plan for Jericho. God is a master planner and he has a master plan for every assignment. It is our duty to ask him for the plan.
David never lost a single battle all his life because he always enquired from the Lord before engaging in any battle. Even when Ziklag was burned with fire and David’s wives and children were carried away with the families of all his men, he still went to God to enquire whether he should pursue the enemies or not: “And David enquired at the Lord, saying shall I pursue after this troop? Shall I overtake them?” God answered him and said: “pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all” (I Samuel 30:8).
David pursued after the enemies and he recovered all. There was nothing either big or small that the enemy took away that David did not recover. He recovered all.
There was a time David was to fight the Philistines. The Philistines just heard that David had been anointed King over Israel, so they gathered against him, intending to stop him. David enquired from the Lord, and the Lord assured him of victory. He went to battle and defeated the Philistines. Later, the Philistines re-gathered against David. David did not assume anything. He went back to God to make enquiries. This time, God told him not to go yet but to turn away from them and wait until he hears a sound of going upon the mulberry trees.
“Therefore David enquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines” (1 Chron 14:14-15).
The key to David’s consistent victories was that he always checked out what the divine master plan for each battle was, before taking off to battle. He never missed consulting God and following divine instructions in all his battles. That way, he never lost a battle.
Step by step
Following God is a step by step process. When you take a step of obedience, he will show you the next step to take “you will hear a voice behind you… this is the way, walk in it when you turn to the left and when you turn to the right: (Isaiah 30:21)
God revealed his way to Moses but his acts to the children of Israel. God’s ways create the acts of God. A knowledge of the ways of God leads to the miracles of God. Don’t study the miracles of God. Study the ways. Don’t seek the miracles. Seek the ways of God. When you know and follow the ways of God, the miraculous is inevitable.
The best plan that will work for you is God’s plans. God’s plan is already blessed. Let him show you. God is a master planner. He has the master plan.
This is part of the series: Knowing God, Moses’ Experience