Fighting Our Battles
Posted: Wednesday, April 17
April 15 Reading:
Verse of the Day:
“All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom to fight against Israel. The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel.” Joshua 11:5-6
After hearing about Israel’s total defeat of the southern kings, several northern kings came together to try and demolish Israel. In verse 4, we see that the northern army was “a huge army, as numerous as the sand on the seashore.” We also see in verse 4 they had the advantage of many horses and chariots. The northern kings believed Israel must be stopped, and they formed a large, advanced army to do it.
With each step Israel made, there seemed to be an increase in challenges (Jericho, to Ai, to the battle with the southern kings, now the battle with the northern kings). After each victory, there was another battle that faced them. Joshua and the Israelites probably felt fearful and overwhelmed at yet another challenge. However, God speaks to Joshua and tells him not to be afraid because Israel will once again obtain victory. Joshua is able to fight with boldness, strategy, and obedience, because he knows God is on his side fighting for him.
When we are in battles in our own lives, battles that seem overwhelming, battles that seem to surround us on all sides, battles that seem so big we cannot possibly see victory on the other side, then we must stop and remember we are NOT the center of our battles. God does our heavy fighting for us. We must boldly go into the battle knowing the Lord Almighty is on our side. He is fighting for us, and He will give us the victory. With each step we take towards obedience to God, the devil tries to fight back harder. When we start to give thanks, rejoice, and praise God in the thick of our battles, the devil realizes he has no power over us. Victory is obtained when God is fighting our battles.