WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
AUGUST 18, 2021
TOPIC: GOD WILL TURN THE TABLES ON YOUR ENEMIES
BY T. O. BANSO
“They will take the treasures of those who took their treasures; they will take the loot of those who took their loot, says the Lord God” (Ezekiel 39:10b New Century Version).
Oftentimes, powerful people or those in superior positions use their power or offices without the understanding that power is transient. They fail to remember that the power they have today may cease tomorrow. They hardly think that their subordinates today may also occupy exalted positions tomorrow that could make them their superiors.
Similarly, the wicked ones or the enemies oppress, punish, or victimize others because they are in power. They have the self-delusion that things would continue the way they are forever. They fail to remember that things can change tomorrow. God can turn the tables. Power can change hands. The oppressed or victimized can gain the upper hand. The underdog can become celebrated.
Whatever the oppression, evil, or wickedness you have suffered in the hands of Satan and his human cohorts, understand that this will not continue for long. God is about to change everything in your favour. He is ready to turn the tables on your enemy. What the Lord did in the Bible against the enemies of His people, He is set to do for you or in your life.
The proverb “Live by the sword, die by the sword” is most probably derived from the words of Jesus in Matthew 26:52 during his arrest when Peter, in trying to defend Jesus with his sword, struck the high priest’s servant, Malchus, and cut off his right ear (John 18:10). “But Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (Matthew 26:52 New King James Version). Jesus healed Malchus’ ear.
Peter’s use of the sword was different from the enemy’s use of it. Peter used it in defence of Jesus, not as an aggressor. But because Jesus was destined to die on the cross and His arrest was part of the script, He condemned Peter’s action. Nevertheless, in relation to the use of the sword by the wicked, which Peter was not, we have something to learn from the words of Jesus.
The wicked should know that he may be killing innocent people with the sword today, there is a payday for him. The tables shall be turned on him one day. Power may change hands and the victims of his wickedness may be in a powerful position to determine his fate. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. This truth should discourage anyone from evil or wickedness. God cannot be mocked; whatever anyone sows that he shall reap (Galatians 6:7).
He who laughs last laughs best. You will laugh over your enemy. God will turn the tables on them. They may think you’re powerless today and, therefore, exploit and oppress you. But God who gives power to the weak and increases strength to those who have no might will soon put you above them (Isaiah 40:29).
God will turn the tables on your enemy. The joy of the wicked will not last long. The disadvantaged will soon be at an advantage. Gog of the land of Magog is a biblical personality, symbolic or literal, that God would cause to rise up together with his allies against the nation of Israel. And God will destroy his armies (Ezekiel 38-39).
Ezekiel 39:9 says those who dwelled in the cities of Israel would go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they would make fires with them for seven years. They would not take wood from the field or cut down any from the forests because they would make fires with the weapons (verse 10a). “‘They will plunder those who plundered them, and pillage those who pillaged them,’ says the Lord GOD” (verse 10b New King James Version).
As the last Bible verse says, the plunderer will be plundered; those who pillaged will be pillaged. How wonderful that is! Great! That means power will change hands. The tables will be turned. The enemy will lose out. “They will take the treasures of those who took their treasures; they will take the loot of those who took their loot, says the Lord God” (Ezekiel 39:10b New Century Version).
This scripture shall be fulfilled in your life in Jesus’ name. You will plunder those who have plundered you. God said to His Son, Jesus, to sit at His right hand, till He would make His enemies His footstool (Hebrews 1:13). Your enemies who are calling the shots now will soon be receiving orders from you! They will become your footstool. God will turn the tables on them. He will crush Satan under your feet shortly (Romans 16:20).
Isaiah 14:2 says, “Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of the LORD; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors” (New King James Version). This scripture tells us the tables will turn on the enemy. The captors will become the captives and the captives will become the captors! There will be a swapping of positions! “Those who captured Israel will be captured, and Israel will rule over its enemies” (Isaiah 14:2b New Living Translation).
In 2 Chronicles 20:20-26, the three nations that came to fight against Judah ended up destroying themselves. They self-destruct. They turned their swords against one another. “Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another” (2 Chronicles 20:22-23 New King James Version).
When Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness and looked toward the multitude, what did they see? They saw the dead bodies of their enemies. Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, and his people gathered so much spoil of war. They found an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies and precious jewelry, which took them three days to gather (verses 24-26). The tables turned on the enemies of Judah. The tables will turn on your enemies in Jesus’ name. They will destroy themselves.
Earlier in 1 Samuel 14, as Jonathan and his amour bearer alone, without the knowledge of King Saul and all his soldiers, stepped out in faith into the camp of the Philistines, the LORD began to fight for them, and there was trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. He turned the tables on the Philistines though the Israelites were disadvantaged. “Then Saul and all the people who were with him assembled, and they went to the battle; and indeed every man’s sword was against his neighbor, and there was very great confusion” (1 Samuel 14:20 New King James Version). Saul and the other Israelites joined Jonathan and his armour bearer to fight the Philistines and the LORD saved Israel that day.
Also, Pharaoh’s army perished in the Red Sea as they pursued the Israelites. Pharaoh had changed his mind about releasing them. The Israelites had walked on dry land in the midst of the Red Sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
Exodus 14:27-28 says, “And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained” (New King James Version). The LORD turned the tables on the Egyptians. This season, He will turn the tables on your enemies.
This season you will defeat the enemies who have defeated you before. What you have lost, you will regain. The tables will turn on your enemies. Where you have failed; you will succeed. Those you are afraid of will become afraid of you. The LORD said concerning wicked Babylon, “You have plundered many nations; now they will plunder you. You murderers! You have filled the countryside with violence and all the cities, too” (Habakkuk 2:8 New Living Translation). Did you see that again? The plunderer shall be plundered. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. For what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you (Matthew 7:2).
The tables will be turned on your enemies. The prophet Isaiah said, “Woe to you who plunder, though you have not been plundered; and you who deal treacherously, though they have not dealt treacherously with you! When you cease plundering, you will be plundered; when you make an end of dealing treacherously, they will deal treacherously with you” (Isaiah 33:1 New King James Version).
The tables turned on Haman. The evil he planned for Mordecai and the Jews consumed him. He was hanged on gallows he had made for Mordecai (Esther 7:9). Haman’s ten sons were also hanged (Esther 9:13-14). The genocide Haman had planned backed by the king’s decree didn’t take place. Power had changed hands. The table had turned on him.
In Daniel 3:22, the furnace Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were thrown into was exceedingly hot that the flame of the fire killed those men who threw them in. Yet the three Hebrews were unharmed; they later came out unscathed.
The same thing happened to the enemies of Daniel. Daniel came out of the lion’s den unscathed. But when the king gave orders to arrest the men who had maliciously accused Daniel and throw them into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children, the lions leaped on them and tore them apart before they hit the floor of the den (Daniel 6:24). The tables turned on the enemies of God’s people.
Talking about Babylon, Revelation 18:6 says, “Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her” (New King James Version). This season, God will repay your enemies double according to their works. God says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Romans 12:19b; Hebrews 10:30 New King James Version).
Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Keep trusting God. Psalm 37:3a says trust in the LORD and do good. Obey the Word of God and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. God will fight for you against your enemies (Deuteronomy 1:30; 20:4). The tables will turn on your enemies.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, thank you because You are fighting my battles. Thank You because You are turning the tables on my enemies. O God of vengeance, as I put my trust in You, let those who plot against me be consumed in their plots. Let every unrepentant Haman be hanged in the gallows he has made for me. Father, this season, repay my unrepentant enemies double according to their works.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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