Conquer Evil With Good
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you. -Proverbs 25:21-22
In the previous lesson on the story about Prophet Elisha (2 Kings 6:8-23), he prayed that God should open the eyes of his servant but prayed blindness for the enemies. We should note that since God is not the custodian of evil things, it would not be the blindness of sickness but a covering of God’s glory. It apparently does not mean they became blind (whole army) as when Elisha prayed for them at the centre of Samaria, the glory lifted and they found themselves face to face with death.
Elisha refused the self-glorying request of the king of Israel to kill them but instead demanded that they should be entertained, fed and sent back peacefully. The Prophet was teaching them about the God of Israel, that He is different from the gods of other nations. The God of heaven and earth is a God of love and compassion. He is good to all His works (Ps. 145:9). Elisha tapped into the Biblical wisdom that when your enemy hunger, feed him (Prov. 25:21-22). Those soldiers would have gone home and showed the magnanimity of the prophet and the King. This is heaping coal of fire on their heads by conquering evil with good.
Also, go ahead and show love and mercy to the undeserved and you will be amazed how things turn around for you. (2 Kings 6:23, Proverbs 16:7). God is on our side even in tough times. (Ps. 9:9-10). He has promised never to leave us (Heb.13:5-6). Believe that God is with you and you will experience his manifestation. We must believe the promises of God for them to come to fulfilment, they are not self-Fulfilling. God needs your cooperation to bring His word to pass in your life.
Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus, I choose to reward evil today with good because you are a good God. Amen.
Further Reading: Psalms 145:9, 2 Kings 6:23, Proverbs 25:21-25
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 46:1-47:31; Matthew 15:1-28; Psalm 19:1-14; Proverbs 4:14-19