If repentance was there, then the Lord would have found value in their fasting
Q. God brings us into struggles and battles.
Why does He do this and how do we handle them?
A. The Lord brings us into struggles and battles to teach us something.
It is an unpleasant business for sure, but that’s the way He does things.
In Judges 3.1-2 it says "Now these are the nations which the Lord left, to test Israel by them (that is all who had not experienced any of the wars of Canaan: only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might be taught war, those that had not experienced it formerly)."
You see, the Lord left some of the nations intact in Canaan because He wanted the inexperienced to learn about Him through warfare.
He does the same thing today.
He will purposely bring us into struggles and battles so we learn how to fight and what it takes to win a battle.
The problem is too many resist it and turn from the battle and run.
If we don’t face the enemy and resist the Lord will continue to place you in situations and battles until you finally stand up and get strong in the Lord.
That’s why some people keep going through the same struggles again and again.
He wants to work out something in your life and you are going to have to stand and fight sometime, so you might as well get it over with.
Israel today is making that mistake.
Sooner or later they will have to realize who they are and who the Lord is and fight His battles in His name.
But they are trying to be political and they are afraid of the world’s opinions and certainly listen too much to the United States.
Someday they are going to have all that stripped away, all their defenses will be of no use and they will be forced to turn to the God of their fathers for help and He will respond in a way they will understand.
It’s the same with us.
He will strip away our defenses until we acknowledge Him and turn to Him, so it’s better to enter the battle right away and learn what the Lord is trying to do.
But, there is way to go to battle and way not to.
First, we are to be obedient to Him before the battle begins.
In Num 4.1-3 it says they were to take a census from the sons of Kohath "from 30 years and upward, even to 50 years old, all who enter the service to do the work in the tent of meeting."
The word for "service" there is the word for warfare in Hebrew.
In other words, as we are serving the Lord as He commanded, it is a type of spiritual warfare.
The best spiritual warfare you can do is to obey the Lord and keep His commandments.
Then He will be a shield and a buckler to you and drive out your enemies.
What is taught today in many circles as "spiritual warfare" is not the biblical example.
So, you will need to believe in the Lord and keep His commandments.
When you have done that and a battle comes, there are several scri ptures I use.
The first is found in 1 Sam 24.12. David had a conflict with Saul and he says " May the Lord judge between you and me, and may the Lord avenge me on you, but my hand shall not be against you."
David left it all in God’s hand and did not seek his own revenge or justice, he left it up to the Lord.
The second one is dealing with a battle between Israel and the sons of Ammon found in 1Chr 19.10-15.
Ammon had hired the Syrians to fight with them against Israel and they surrounded Israel.
Joab takes his elite forces and positions them against the hireling Syrian forces.
Abshai is Joabs brother and he takes his forces and positions them against the sons of Ammon.
Joab says if you need help, I’ll come to you and if I need help you come to me.
After he has done all he can in the natural he says this: "Be strong and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the Lord do what is good in His own sight."
In other words, they have done all they can do in the natural to take on the enemies of the Lord, but what happens is up to the Lord.
Well, the hireling Syrians took one look at the elite Israeli forces and they had no heart for the battle and they ran.
When Ammon saw that the Syrians fled, they lost courage and ran also.
The battle was never fought and Israel won the victory without a fight.
That’s how we should approach our battles.
Be obedient to the Lord, do what needs to be done in the natural and leave the rest up to the Lord.
Having done all you can do, stand and be ready to fight and no matter what happens, leave it up to the Lord.
There is so much more to the concept of biblical spiritual warfare but I hope this answers your question for the most part.