There’s probably a lesson in this chapter about how insulting foreign dignitaries is a prelude to war, but we’ll focus on Joab’s response to being surrounded by the enemy, culminating with his statement in verse 13, “The Lord will do what is good in His sight.”
Joab’s army was boxed in with the Ammonites drawing battle lines at the entrance to their city and the kings who had joined them drawing up battle lines behind them. I don’t know much about military strategy, but that doesn’t seem like the position one wants to be in!
Joab’s response to finding themselves in this dangerous situation was to develop a plan of attack, speak words of encouragement, and commit the result to the Lord.
Hopefully, we won’t find ourselves on an actual battlefield, but we do face situations every day where we may feel outnumbered, outgunned, or surrounded.
When the situation seems dire, develop a strategy and enlist help from other followers of God. Trust your brother to have your back.
Remind one another of the reason you fight this battle, and encourage each other to fight valiantly and persistently.
Finally, remember that the battle, ultimately, belongs to the Lord. Commit it to Him and trust that, “He will do whatever is good in His sight.”
And we might not agree.
We might not understand how the outcome could be considered “good.”
Trust that there may be more to the outcome than we can comprehend, but that God’s sight is perfect and infinite.
As followers of Christ, we are not to despair regardless of how difficult the circumstances seem or how overwhelming a problem we face.
We are not to give up!
Hebrews 10:39 reminds us “we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”