The greatest weakness the devil has is that it doesn’t know when to throw in the towel and give up. It is strategic to know when to surrender if you’ve been consistently been beaten. Its champions who live to fight another day. The devil unfortunately thinks it must win every time. That’s why if you catch the devil any where, exterminate all his soldiers and acolytes. After Sihon, it was Og of Bashan. They should have learnt from Sihon that the game had changed. Yet, they came out in battle. Again Israel consulted God and went after them. Lucidity talks about marketing, but uses military terms. Hear them; ” Sometimes it’s best to walk away. If faced with threats from a competitor, learn when a strategic exit from a market is the best line of defense.” Wikipedia describes the strategy in the military this way: ” A withdrawal may be undertaken as part of a general retreat, to consolidate forces, to occupy ground that is more easily defended, force the enemy to overextend to secure a decisive victory, or to lead the enemy into an ambush”. The Gibeonites were more strategic in Joshua 9. We are strategic when we take retreats and fastings to build our power base. The devil has craftiness as a strategy. Don’t fall for it. They should have withdrawn, and negotiated with people who had just defeated Sihon, who was more powerful than Og. Their strategy failed, and Israel occupied their land. Whats your strategy for the week? Don’t let the enemy win.
And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at Edrei. Numbers 21:33 KJV