Thursday, May 21, 2009

Defeated by a Trumpet

In the war of the Rhine in 1794, the French took over an Austrian village without striking a blow. Here is how they did it.

The French were planning to attack the village at 10 o'clock at night. However, the 600 Austrian soldiers who were defending the city had found out about the attack and were ready for it. Instead of attacking, the French sent their trumpeter Joseph Werck into the city under the cover of darkness, who slipped in with the Austrian troops.

At 10 o'clock, Werck blew his trumpet for the Austrian soldiers to rally, and then a few minutes later he sounded for them to retreat. The Austrians, deceived by the signal, immediately retreated, and the French soldiers captured the village without any opposition! (Quote, August 1992, p. 248)

Just as the Austrian soldiers gave up when they heard the deceptive command of the French trumpeter, we can do the same when we listen to our fears. Satan tells lies through his trumpet, trying to keep us from doing God's will.

When the devil tries to makes us retreat through intimidation, God's Word tells us, "And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled" (1 Pet. 3:13). Which command are you going to obey--Satan's trumpet or God's Word?
Keep looking up!