In my last post I spoke about how God is with us to help us in any personal change we need to make. As I read through Joshua, I'm reminded of God's presence with us through conquests as well.
In Joshua 5 we find our man, Josh, getting ready to lead the people of Israel into their first battle for their promised land. God had dried up the flood stage Jordan river so that Israel could cross over on dry land and the people of Jericho were shaking in their sandals because they had heard of the miracle. I'd be shaking too if I knew that the people coming to attack me had that kind of supernatural power on their side. Wow. God's purpose with that miracle was accomplished. He wanted all the people of the earth to know that His hand was powerful. (Josh 5:24) What better way to do that than by parting the waters of a raging river?
Jericho's people were shaking behind their walls and Joshua was flat on his face before God.
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"
"Neither," he replied, " but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come." Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence... (Josh 5:13-14 NIV)
Then the Lord said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men...(Josh 6:2 NIV)
Readers, what is your Jericho? What is your promised land? Is it a ministry that God has called you to do or a personal stronghold that He has asked you to conquer? We get so afraid sometimes of taking that next step in our faith walk with God that we become paralyzed. Did you notice that the captain of God's armies came down to talk to Joshua? Like with Joshua, God is with us too, and has most likely gone ahead of us to prepare the way by parting the waters of the river blocking our paths. We are fighting God's battles too and the captain of His army is on our side. We just need to remember that God is in the miracle business and follow His instructions for our lives. Like Joshua followed God's instructions to march around the city of Jericho and sound the trumpets to make the walls fall down, God can do the same for us. Just look at His track record.