«For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety» (Proverbs 24:6).
Hammurabi was the sixth king of the Babylonian Empire from 1792 to 1750 B.C. At the time of his ascension to the throne, the new monarch inherited a small kingdom surrounded by much more important sovereigns: Shamshi-Adad of Assyria (undoubtedly the most powerful) ruled in Shubat-Enlil, the capital, and his sons on the thrones of Ekallatum and Mari. The three controlled upper Mesopotamia. If that were not enough, lower Mesopotamia was controlled by Rim-Sim, king of Larsa. They all defended their territories and trade routes. What would Hammurabi do in the face of such powerful rivals? The truth is that he did not allow himself to be intimidated by them and decided to overcome the suffocating situation he lived with a brilliant strategy: to make alliances with other kingdoms and to best take advantage of the resources with which he counted. Eventually, Babylon became the world’s greatest power of its time. In one of his ancient records, Hammurabi declares: «With the powerful weapon that the divine Zababa and the divine have lent me, with the sharpness that the divine Ea bestowed on me, with the strength that the divine Marduk granted me, I annihilated my enemies up and down, I extinguished the resistance and I returned a pleasant life to the country.» The king of Babylon attributed three great gifts that allowed him to conquer his enemies to the help of the gods: powerful weapons, intelligence, and strength. Of course, it was very important to know how to use them at the right time and to combine them in the best way possible, as well as to use patience and diplomacy, which Hammurabi was pretty good at.
In the course of your life you will face hardships in the different areas of your life. Are you ready for the various battles that await you?
Are you determined to get ahead despite being surrounded by disadvantageous situations? It is very likely that more than once you will feel defeated and think about abandoning your dreams. The Bible says you have to learn to plan the battles of life and surround yourself with people who can help you find the best strategies. That’s a fundamental thing. In fact, to have people who give you good advice, timely counsel, or help you establish the best guidelines, is one of the greatest needs of everyone who wants to achieve their goals.
Today, ask the Lord to allow you to surround yourself with people who edify your life and help you make the best decisions.