22 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood:
23 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.
24 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.
A little lesson this morning in faith over sight. Here’s the setting.
The Moabites were preparing for battle against Judah and Israel. They looked out across the plain and saw what they thought was blood. They assumed that Judah and Israel had warred against each other, killing themselves. So they set off to take the spoil after the battle.
What they didn’t know: an area that previously didn’t have water had received rain. That rain, mixed with the reddish dirt of the land, turned the land red and from far away it looked like the land was covered in blood.
When they arrived, they were unprepared and were beaten.
Sometimes we think we see things clearly. But we don’t. That’s why faith is so important in our lives. We can’t always trust what we see with our natural eyes (or looking at things like a natural person would). We have to take our problems to the Lord, ask for His direction and His understanding, and then believe Him over what we can “see.”
That’s not always easy. But when we are given answers, our test is to put our trust in them—in Him. He is always more trustworthy than what we think we know for ourselves.