Then panic struck the whole army—those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties—and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.
Saul’s lookouts at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions. Then Saul said to the men who were with him, “Muster the forces and see who has left us.” When they did, it was Jonathan and his armor-bearer who were not there.
Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God.” (At that time it was with the Israelites.) While Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.”
Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords. Those Hebrews who had previously been with the Philistines and had gone up with them to their camp went over to the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan. When all the Israelites who had hidden in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were on the run, they joined the battle in hot pursuit. So the LORD rescued Israel that day, and the battle moved on beyond Beth Aven. 1 Samuel 14:15-23
God has an interesting way of mixing things up. “It was a panic sent by God.” It was all God and it’s kind of foolish to think otherwise in life. We try and strive and plod and think we’re making great progress, and to some degree we are, but God has it all under control. Think God is sitting in his Huge Rocker fretting over the leader of Iran and what he’ll do once he gets nukes? Laughable. Think God’s concerned about the North Korean leader and his antics? Not a bit. And closer to home, do you think the President of the United States, past or present, is getting away with anything while God is on the throne? Not a chance.
Leaders often use the phrase “on my watch” to indicate the time he or she was in office. “That won’t happen on my watch,” or “It happened on the previous President’s watch” are very common statements. Kingdoms come and go but they are all on God’s watch. God has outlasted the kingdoms and rulers and subjects and all the evil that has ever existed. He’s not going away despite the fact that he was tossed out of the schools and out of the public arena in the West. Just because a few overzealous bureaucrats and leaders dismiss Him as being irrelevant, God isn’t going away (think about that last statement. Who’s the irrelevant one?).
- He will be praised in the schools by those who seek Him.
- He will be praised at work and at the office and in Capitol buildings throughout the United States.
- He will be praised by those who seek Him in #10 Downing Street.
- He will be praised by those seeking Him in the Chinese government.
Walls cannot keep Him out. Doors cannot lock Him in.
So, while Saul assembled his men to fight, God went before the Israelites to pave their way. He was in control of the world then, He’s in control now.