When Ichabod Is The Battle

Ichabod’ is only found in 1 Samuel 4: 21 and 14: 3 but it remains the worst name to bear. Yet that exactly was the name given to the son of Phinehas by her own mother.  Ichabod was the grandson of Eli, the priest.

Israelis battle with Ichabod actually began with the two wayward sons of Eli,  Hophni and Phinehas. For it was their wayward lifestyles and their father’s indifferent attitude towards discipline them that led to the three tragedies that followed, namely; the death Hophni and Phinehas in battle of Aphek with the Philistines,  the captured of the Ark of the Covenant, and the death of Eli who fell backward off his chair and broke his neck.

Upon hearing these sad news, Phinehas’ pregnant wife went into labor and bore a son, “And she named the child Ichabod, saying, ‘The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured’” (4:21-22). The unnamed woman lamented over the departure of glory from Israel. Ichabod had become the war and the nation must be up to fight it, else she become a desolate history.  Ichabod had become a battle and the boy named Ichabod the symbol of Israel’s new war. And, is it any wonder that nothing is recorded of him in the Bible as an individual, except that his nephew Ahijah was one of those who tarried with Saul at Gibeah just before Jonathan’s brave attack upon the Philistines (1 Samuel 14: 2}

The word Ichabod means literally “inglorious”, “there is no glory,” or ‘without honor’.

The glory of Israel was connected to God’s glory that radiated in His presence. Every man’s glory is connected to God’s glory and His presence. The glory of God draws His power, favor and blessings toward us His children. This glory,  as seen in the Old Testament, is connected to God’s divine presence as evident first in “a pillar of fire and pillar of cloud” that followed the Israelites during the exodus from Egypt, and later in “the Ark of Covenant”. God’s glory resided thereon as a symbol of His presence among His people. When the Ark was therefore captured by the Philistines, the glory departed from the Israelites—Ichabod became a reality of Israel’s new war.

May I ask you the vital question: ‘where is your glory?’ Has Ichabod also becomes your battle in life? Why has your life turns inglorious? Why has honor, favor and blessing eluding your embrace all along?

How do we fight and win the war with Ichabod?

  1. Get to the root cause: It might be your sin as in the case of Hophni and Phinehas. It might also be your indifference as in the case of Eli the priest. It might even be ignorance or laxity. It might be your wicked enemies trying to incapacitate, steal, divert, murder, or bury your glory.
  2. Treat the root cause rightly and timely.
  3. Take it as war, for it is war, the real battle for destiny.Yes, when Ichabod becomes the battle, we must fight it. We must get ourselves fully armed with weapons of faith and righteousness and enter boldly into the warfront.
  4. Seek for divine guidance and Spirit’s keys to victory
  5. Let the Lord of hosts leads and fights for you. We would always have Jesus the Captain fighting for us. {You will learn what it means to be still in His presence while He fights for you}
  6. Be valiant enough not to give up or give in till the victory is totally won.
  7. Don’t forget to effectively use weapons of praises and worship in spiritual warfare.

It’s high time you woke up to the reality of your new war and brace up for a victorious warfare. Your victory is not only assured; it is sure.