THE SERVANT GENERAL
sends out holy warriors and fights with and for them, giving
them the victory, at times in truly miraculous ways. We fight
God’s war, but to be in His armies and to savor the
victories, we need to be striving for holiness. Now here is
a reality: if we are unholy, then God Himself fights against
us, His very own people!
was the case with Judah, as God’s nation strayed away
from the faith. God used its enemy Assyria to punish it. “Ah!
Assyria, the rod of my wrath, the staff I wield in anger.
Against an impious nation I send him, and against a people
under my wrath I order him to seize plunder, carry off loot,
and to trample them like the mud of the street.” (Is
does God crush His very own people? “They crush your
people, Lord, torment your very own.” (Ps 94:5). God
does this in order to turn His people away from their evil
ways and to return to Him. “Does the one who guides
nations not rebuke?” (Ps 94:10a). Once the people are
chastised, then they will turn away from evil and return to
God’s guidance and ways. “Blessed the one whom
you guide, Lord, whom you teach by your instruction, to give
rest from evil days” (Ps 94:12-13a).
assured. God will always be there for us. “For the Lord
will not forsake his people, nor abandon his inheritance.”
(Ps 94:14). If we are holy warriors, we will win God’s
victories. If we become unholy, then God Himself turns against
us, in order to ultimately win us back. “Judgment shall
again be just, and all the upright of heart will follow it.”