4) Victory comes when we follow God’s Instructions exactly as God instructs (Hebrews 11:6); not as you think. God needs no help in planning and carrying out the Victory in the Battle. Verse 25 says, “And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines…”
Notice (verse 24) where God explains His Sign to David, When he was to start the battle. God had explained the How, that is to come up behind them (verse 23); but now He explains the When, “And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees” (verse 24a).
In the physical sense, the sound comes from the wind blowing the leaves of the trees. But in the spiritual sense, the sound comes from the Holy Spirit of God.
1) The wind represents the Holy Spirit in God’s Word in many instances:
A) In the Old Testament: the Hebrew word is “ruach,” which means breath, air, strength, wind, breeze, spirit and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 63:10-11; Psalms 51:12)
B) In the New Testament: the Greek word is “pneuma,” which primarily means “the wind,” then especially the Spirit, which, like the wind, is invisible, immaterial, and powerful.
(John 3:8) ”The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
(Acts 2:1-4) “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
2) The Holy Spirit is the Teacher of Truth, being the Author of Truth, and being called “The Spirit of Truth.” (See John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:13-15; and 1 John 2:20, 27.)
A) To follow God’s Word you must be able to “hear”
B) Be sure that you discern what you hear is God speaking and not your flesh
C) Be sure that you follow God’s Instructions
(1) (Mark 4:24) we are to “Take heed what ye hear”
(2) (Luke 8:18) we are to “Take heed therefore how ye hear”
(3) (Luke 8:21) “My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.”
4) There is only one recipe for success in our spiritual battles and that is to hear God’s Word of Instruction and then do it; obey His Word. You must not run ahead of God and think you have got the enemy figured out and you know what to do because of past experiences with the same enemy. God’s dealings with David in our text gives us proof that with every attack of the enemy you must inquire of God and follow His Instructions. Then, and only then, will you be an overcomer.
In these devotions, I do not specify and explain the multitude of ways the enemy attacks. But I do give you the principle of Victory; that is God’s Word as spoken and explained by the Holy Spirit, and your obedience to the same; (Verse 24c) “for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines (the enemy).”
Therefore, what sound do you hear? Is it a Word of Instruction from God as to how and when to battle the enemy, or is it a word from your flesh? Remember, vain is the help of man (or the flesh); for our help (our instruction) comes from the Lord by the Holy Spirit. (Psalms 121:1-6; Philippians 4:13, 19)
(This devotional was previously posted on October 18, 2010.)