No amount of military might is enough to stop God’s people when God has determined they will win. This lesson was surely learned by Hadadezer, king of Zobah.
When the kingdom of Israel was finally firmly under David’s control, he began to branch out beyond his own borders and defeat enemy nations… including the Philistines and the Moabites. It seems that the Ammonites became nervous at David’s victories and hired troops from the neighboring Aramean nations to fight him.
King Hadadezer of Zobah, a kingdom to the north of Israel, must have been among them. When David defeated them, Hadadezer regrouped and called on even more troops from his subservient kingdoms in the far north, but David defeated them, too. This caused Hadadezer’s vassal kingdoms to abandon their loyalty to him, and he was forced to march his troops into their lands to re-establish control over them.
In the meantime, David invaded Zobah… and captured Hadadezer’s kingdom while he was preoccupied (2Sam. 10). David took a large quantity of bronze from some of Hadadezer’s towns… and Solomon would later use this bronze to create some of the bronze articles used in the temple (1Chron. 18:8).
David’s victory over Hadadezer must have been very impressive; the king of Hamath, just north of Hadadezer’s territory, sent his own son to congratulate David on his victory, and gave him gifts of gold, silver and bronze (2Sam. 8:9,10). The king of Hamath had also been at war with Hadadezer.
Hadadezer was defeated… losing everything he had… because he got preoccupied with things he thought were most important, but weren’t.
Can you imagine what we could accomplish in a day – or in a lifetime – if we could simply keep the main thing the main thing? But, we tend to get preoccupied.
Can you imagine what our churches could accomplish in a day – or in a lifetime – if we would simply keep the main thing the main thing? But, we tend to get preoccupied.
Today – RIGHT NOW! – stop what you’re doing, and write down the 3 main things you think God would want you to accomplish today. Then, do those 3 things. Don’t allow yourself to get preoccupied with the things that will try to fill your day.
You can read Hadadezer’s story in 2Samuel 8; 10.