“And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire” (Joshua 11:6).TEXT — Joshua 11:1-9
Ancient Israel never lost a war after receiving assurances from heaven that her forces would return triumphant.
Israel under Joshua enjoyed this blissful experience in its campaign to conquer Canaan as part of the drive to take over the Promised Land. A great coalition of kings massed against Israel, which was warring with a force militarily inferior to that of the enemy. Thus, Israel was set to be humiliated. That was when Joshua heard from God. He promised to deliver the enemies up to be slain before Israel and did exactly as He said. Israel “smote them, and chased them”.
When the enemy seems to be overrunning us with their frightening forces all around us, we must give room to hear from God. He is close by, whispering in “a still small voice” that the enemy will fall before us. The Lord speaks to us as we read His word and meditate on it. He also speaks through His servants in the church, as we listen to inspired teachings and song renditions. When we are at the warfront of evangelism, we can always be assured of His answer to our pleas.
Jesus’ prayer shortly before Calvary was that God should keep believers from evil, the adversary as well as fight our seen and unseen battles for us as He did for the children of Israel. We need that intervention now as Satan seeks to stop the work of the great commission by defocusing us through marginal challenges like sicknesses, socioeconomic concerns, family disputes and so on. Certainly, “our light affliction, which is but for a moment, [will work] for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” if we rely on what He has said.
Thought for the day
Heaven’s invincible forces are battle-ready to protect the saints.
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- PSALM 68 – 71