April 22nd, 2017
God Allows Defeat as Well As Sweet Victory
Jeremiah 46:15-16 (KJB) Why are thy valiant men swept away? they stood not, because the LORD did drive them. 16 He made many to fall, yea, one fell upon another: and they said, Arise, and let us go again to our own people, and to the land of our nativity, from the oppressing sword.
God is asking Jeremiah in this verse why the Egyptian men were defeated in battle against men of Babylon.
The men were brave and courageous and were willing to head into this battle but were soundly defeated. God makes the point that these soldiers were conquered simply because He allowed their downfall. God was not driving them into victory but permitted defeat and standing ready to “mop up the mess.”
God allowed them to face defeat at the hands of their enemies. He allowed them to fall flat on their face in the heat of the battle but He was also willing to place them back on solid spiritual ground.
Rather than face God as well as their enemy after the clash, the men who remained alive turned and ran in haste. They ran back to their own pleasant and familiar surroundings great for licking their wounds in comfort of their own land.
They were humiliated in having to accept defeat after boasting of a sure victory. Often God’s chastening is unpleasant in the moment but carries a great lesson and eternal significance.