The Ammonites came out and drew up in
battle formation at the entrance of their city gate, while the Arameans
of Zobah and Rehob and the men of Tob and Maakah were by themselves in
the open country. When the Ammonites realized that the Arameans were
fleeing, they fled before Abishai and went inside the city. 2 Samuel
This must be one of the poorest battle strategies ever.
The Ammonites upset a stronger enemy, obviously not thinking about the
repercussions of their action. You chose
your actions not the consequences. Once it was obvious that war was
inevitable, they went to hire mercenaries. Nobody will fight your battle
for you like you.
in the battle plan, they put their hired hands in the field while they
set up next to their city gate, talk about playing it safe. An African
philosophy says; the main stakeholder should bear the lion share of the
burden. You cannot delegate your responsibility, this often leads to
failure. The default setting when the battle is hot is retreat,
sometimes this is a wise thing to do, however no army with an easy
chance of flight ever wins glory.
Take counsel, get help when you
need one, you do need to burn some bridges to be able to push to the
limit. Don’t give the driver’s seat of your life to another. Take
responsibility; be in charge.
Be strong, and let us be brave... may the LORD do what is good in his sight in Jesus’ name