(FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018)
TOPIC: Be Not Afraid
“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).
Many forces wage war against a believer’s soul. Daily closeness to God is the only means through which one can get encouragement to face and overcome all these forces. This was the experience of Joshua in the text. At the beginning of his ministry, God had revealed to him the secret of success (Joshua 1:8). This, he held on to all through his battles and conquests for the children of Israel.
The enemy forces had combined against Joshua but God encouraged him to fight with them and He delivered them into his hands. He took their cities and destroyed the inhabitants. The Canaanites had come with their mighty armies to face the children of Israel in battle. God hardened their hearts to begin the war so that Israel might be justified in destroying them.
The children of this world are united in their evil against the children of God. However united the forces of the enemies may be against believers, there is always victory for us.
Notwithstanding their numbers or unity, the united forces of the people of God shall defeat them.
Joshua had confidence in the power of God. This enabled him to despise the chariots and horses of the enemies (Psalm 20:7). Those that have God on their side must not be afraid at the number and power of their enemies. The battle is not ours but the Lord’s.
Therefore, a genuine believer should not fear the roaring of the enemy. They should instead, hold the fort, for God will soon arise to rescue them.
Thought for the day: One with God is a formidable majority.
Bible Reading in one Year: EZEKIEL 16-17