So the army went out into the field against Israel, and the battle was fought in the forest of Ephraim. And the men of Israel were defeated there by the servants of David, and the loss there was great on that day, twenty thousand men. The battle spread over the face of all the country, and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword. (2 Samuel 18:6-8 ESV)
I can’t help but think of the Forest of Fangorn from the Lord of the Rings that defeats the Orcs. It is hard to know exactly what this means (the next verse describes how Absolom is caught in the branches by the hair), but it does show how even the rocks and trees do the Lord’s bidding. How foolish we are to think that God does not see or intervene in the lives of men. The Westminster Confession explains, “God ordains whatsoever comes to pass.” This is a comfort to those who trust the Lord and a denial of freedom to those who still cling to their own way.
What is it for you?