There are plenty of times when we make the mistake of over-fighting a battle at the risk of losing the war. This happens all the time in the game of chess. Someone is afraid to lose a particular piece and as a result, they make moves that put the overall game at risk. The master strategist will allow a piece to fall in order to win the overall game.
God does this in amazing ways. The larger battle is of course the battle between Him and Satan. It’s a war that was waged by Satan but unfortunately for him, he’s fighting an unbeatable opponent. Part of the reason He is unbeatable is of course because He’s God. But one of the strategies that makes Him unbeatable is the fact that He is willing to lose a battle to win the war.
One of those battles is found in Genesis 6. Satan figured one way to win the battle over Earth and its human inhabitants was to intermix and and create a new breed of beings more loyal to Satan. “the sons of God [fallen angels loyal to Satan] saw that the daughters of man [human women] were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.” (v2) The result of this improper union was a species that was half fallen angel and half human. “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.
The reason this battle was so important was that the eventual line to the Messiah had to remain righteous. By corrupting the humans, Satan’s game plan was to destroy the possibility of a Messiah ever entering the seen. But God is willing to lose a battle to win the war. By saving Noah and his family via the flood, God lost the battle of saving most of the human race but won the war of preserving the line of Christ.
As a matter of fact, we constantly see horribly bad things happen in the Bible, only to eventually turn into something amazing.
- Joseph is first beaten and left for dead, then sold to slavery, sent to prison and eventually responsible for saving all of Egypt and the eventual nation of Israel.
- Moses hunted down as an infant, delivered into the Egyptians hands as a son, only to be hunted again after murdering an Egyptian guard. Yet he eventually frees the Israelites from slavery and delivers them to the promise land.
- Jesus illegally detained, beaten and crucified by the Jews, only to rise and defeat death once and for all.
- Paul is arrested and held in prison (multiple times) only to preach to Jewish authorities and convert entire households.
Throughout history, God has selected battles to lose that would eventually lead to a victory in the war. Even in Revelation we see an amazing tribulation period where the entire globe is thrust into wars big and small. Even those many battles are lost during that time, God ALWAYS returns to a victorious status.
What battles in your life have you lost? Where have you felt defeated? Remember, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28