Negotiation may be described as discussion aimed at reaching an agreement. It is an essential part of diplomacy. Rajeev Dhir describes it as ” strategic discussion intended to resolve an issue in a way that both parties find acceptable”. So negotiations should involve give and take. That translates to one or both parties usually making some concessions. That is beautiful when you are dealing with sane people not the devil or its agents. The Philistines in the period of this narrative behaved like the devil. Have this on good terms, you can’t negotiate with the devil. The devil must be subdued. Read the verse again. We dealt with something akin to this on Jan.28 of this year, when Israel decided to beg Sihon for a passage. Here is what we said, ” Life will not just come to you on a plater of gold. You may not have to continue begging your way through life. Sometimes you have to put down the loads and fight your way through”. On June 14, 2022, we made strong recommendations for negotiating with sane people and even recommended a few books Pharaoh should have read for Negotiations 101. Today we must follow Jesus’s example with the devil. Refuse to negotiate, but take a strong, holy stand against the imp. That’s easily said than done. To succeed, invite God into the game, and, like today’s report, it will respect you, all your days. Trust the word.
So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites. 1 Samuel 7:13-14 KJV