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Morning Manna | 1 Chronicles 19:19 | They made peace

1 Chronicles 19:19

19 And when the servants of Hadarezer saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they made peace with David, and became his servants: neither would the Syrians help the children of Ammon any more.

In this period of David’s life he is fighting a military campaign for the acquisition of land that God had promised Israel. He was at war with this Hadarezer to obtain the land that reached up to the River Euphrates, “And David smote Hadarezer king of Zobah unto Hamath, as he went to stablish his dominion by the river Euphrates.” [1Ch 18:3]  This was not prideful ambition on David's part but he was fighting for what God had promised his people. “In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: [Gen 15:18]. 

In these wars, it wasn’t uncommon for the kings of the other nations to band together to fight against Israel. Despite their best efforts and alliance, they had one thing fighting against them that no strength of man could contend with, The promises of God. Israel had for their banner and burden the promise of an Almighty God, and what was the strength of Israel was the weakness of the nations attempting to fight against it. 

Our verse today comes after a long strife with Hadarezer, and those nations he had allied with. We have no record of Hadadrezer surrendering but many who were in his ranks as his servants, through the battle they had with David became his servants. Do you remember when you fought against what the Lord was doing? When you were an enemy to the king that you now serve? We tried our best to fight against him, but like these servants, we were “Put to the worse.” That is we realized we weren’t up against men but The Almighty and fighting him meant death. Therefore we did as they did and “became his servants,” and "made peace." 

David was a man of war but he could be reasoned with. If the enemy was willing there could be terms met and you could become a servant. So it is with the king we serve under now. “Our Lord is a man of War” but if you are willing to repent and make him King then you too can make peace and become his servant. Dear reader, please realize that it is omnipotence that you are up against, you may win the battle against his convictions, you may put him off but you will be defeated ultimately. On the last day, all things will be subdued and the promises of God will all be fulfilled and you will bow the knee to the one you have fought against. Why not today? “Make peace” while the opportunity for repentance and mercy is still on the table. 

Like the Syrians who forsook their old master and “would help the children of Ammon no more,” why don’t you wave the white flag of Surender and join the winning side? Our King is kind, our King is gracious, and if that is not enough to convince you, then know that our King is conquering. He will obtain every promise, Like David would not settle for anything short of what God had promised, Jesus will not settle for anything less than every promise fulfilled, one of those promises is “As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” [Rom 14:11] Another is “ But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” [Num 14:21]. As David’s victory was sure because God’s word assured it, so is Jesus' dominance on this earth. Come to him today, all ye that fight against him, serve him, he will have you. The king you fight for today, Satan, will be defeated, cast into the lake of fire, and all that serve with him will find the same fate. Come to the King of kings and like these enemies made peace with the conquering king so can you make peace with our Conquering King, Jesus.

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