A leader must have a surprise for every surprise! It is important for a leader to prepare a surprise for his enemy. All enemies are planning surprises. Your enemy thinks you are a fool. He thinks he will surprise you but you must give him the shock of his life. Have a surprise for every surprise!
And yet again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on each hand, and six on each foot: and he also was the son of the giant. BUT WHEN HE DEFIED ISRAEL, JONATHAN THE SON OF SHIMEA DAVID’S BROTHER SLEW HIM.
1 Chronicles 20:6-7
The enemy came up with giants who had twenty-four fingers and toes. They thought that no one would be able to defeat such giants. But there was a surprise for the surprise! Jonathan, the son of Shimea, was the surprise waiting for the giant who had twenty-four fingers and toes. What surprises do you have up your sleeve for the surprises of the enemy? Have you thought through what it would be like if the enemy attacked you in certain ways? What would your response be?
Surprise the Prodigal Son
The father of the prodigal son was the first to receive a surprise when his son told him of his decision to leave the family. The whole family mourned the departure of this rebellious and ungrateful member. The father gave the prodigal son his portion of goods that belonged to the father. With time, everyone got used to his being away and no one expected him to come back, except the father. The prodigal son’s father shocked everyone when He welcomed this worthless son back to his house, forgiving and accepting him. The father surprised the whole world when he actually promoted the boy, giving him a robe and a ring. All the evil spirits that had hoped for the total annihilation of this boy were dumbfounded at the response of the father.
Surprise at Constantinople
During the siege of Constantinople, Mehmed II deployed all sorts of unconventional ideas to overcome the Christians within the city. After several inconclusive attacks, Mehmed’s Ottoman forces sought to break through the walls by constructing underground tunnels. Many of the soldiers who dug up the mine were Germans. They were placed under the command of Zagan Pasha. As the Ottoman soldiers progressed through their German-built tunnel, they did not know that the Christians had equally employed a German to build counter tunnels for them. A surprise for every surprise!
Indeed, the Christian men of Constantinople had a surprise for the Ottoman soldiers. They had also employed a German engineer named Johannes Grant to build counter mines. The Ottoman troops were intercepted in the tunnels and vigorously destroyed with fire and combat. When the Christian Byzantines eventually captured and tortured two Ottoman officers, they revealed the location of all their tunnels, which were then destroyed.
Prepare a surprise for every possible surprise that the enemy can come up with. The enemy who thinks he is going to surprise you must receive a shock when he comes your way. The only way you can do that is by being prepared for it. Develop an equal surprise for your enemy who thinks he is going to outwit you! You can shock the enemy by forgiving, accepting and loving those Satan never expects you to love again. Prepare a surprise for the enemy.
Forgiveness can be a surprise: Forgiveness of a wrongdoer is a surprise your enemy is not expecting. He never expects that you would forgive and forget about the past. You must surprise your enemy by forgiving and forgetting about old wounds.
Acceptance can be a surprise: Accepting certain people is a surprise that the enemy is not expecting. The devil knows our stereotypes. We have the people we like and we have the people we dislike. We have those we approve of and those we are prejudiced against. The acceptance of certain people into the fold is a shock and a surprise to the devil who has divided us. Satan has divided us into camps that do not relate with each other. Surprise the enemy by accepting all kinds of people into your fold.
Promotion can be a surprise: The promotion of an unworthy and forgiven offender is perhaps the greatest shock. Perhaps, you can forgive. Perhaps you can accept. But to promote such an individual is outrageous. In the promotion of certain individuals lies the defeat of the enemy. God has surprised the devil by promoting us and making us sons of God. In spite of our sins and our fallen nature, the blood of Jesus has lifted us to heights that surprise hardened, demonic entities.
By Dag Heward-Mills