What was Jesus’ warfare strategy against the devil’s wiles? He used His word, saying, ‘It is written’ to defeat his ploy. We are to imitate the Lord in our warfare. His word is our warfare manual. Romans 15:4 says, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning…”
Every situation we face has a direction from the Lord. David understood this powerful strategy. 1 Samuel 30 is the narrative. When David and his men came back to Ziklag, they discovered that their city had been ransacked and burned. Their wives, children, and flocks were gone. What did David do? First he strengthened himself in the Lord (verse 6) then he inquired of the Lord. He asked the Lord what he should do and the Lord told him (verse 8).
There is another passage where David inquired of the Lord. Two exact situations arose in warfare, yet David sought the Lord for fresh orders in each one. 2 Samuel 5:18-25 are verses I visit frequently.
Strategic warfare requires revelational insight. It is the fruit of crying out to the Lord. If we move forward on our own, we will be walking into hidden land mines. I encourage you to read again how the Lord directed Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:1-22.
I just want to capture one of his words. Verse 12 says, “…we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
Verses 21-22 are a written account of probably the greatest war strategic ever recorded in history. When they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes!
Our greatest resource for strategic warfare is our dependence on the Lord. Time after time in Scripture, there are accounts of how the Lord stepped in to make a way where there was no way. Let us continue to seek the Lord for clear direction in each situation we face.