Bait & Switch
The king of Aram (Syria) was at war with Israel. He would confer with his officers to set up camps in Israel's territory to ambush and terrorize them. However every time he planned it, God would reveal it to the prophet Elisha who would in turn inform king Joram. So Syria's plans were always thwarted. This king became enraged and even thought there was a mole in his kingdom.
He was told it was not an inside job but the prophet in Israel knew all he was plotting and warned king Joram. Then the king of Syria sent "horses and chariots and a strong force" to capture Elisha. They surrounded the city, Elisha prayed to God to strike the army with blindness and led them inside the city to the king. On Elisha's advice the king fed the army and sent them back home. Following this gesture of kindness "...the bands of Aram stopped raiding Israel's territory".
However, "Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria." 2 Kings 6:23-24.
Perhaps, king Joram became slack after the Syrians stopped the invasions and neglected to protect Israel's borders, so when the enemy attempted another raid they successfully put Samaria under siege.
We all tend to get a little slack when all seems to be going well. Kids are doing well in school and behaving well, the job is great, the marriage is thriving, health is sound, all seems nice and quiet! In times like these we may let our guard down and that is when the enemy strikes and takes us by surprise!!!
If he is prowling around like a lion seeking someone or something belonging to us to devour, we must also be on guard protecting ourselves and all who belong to and with us. Satan's only purpose is to steal, kill and destroy and he will keep working this angle till the end!
Let us not be ignorant of his schemes and tactics. Let us fortify and strengthen our borders through prayer and with the help of the Holy Spirit! Stay alert!!!
Love, Lady Monica ❤