Monday – A Promised Victory

By Nick Molick

   “Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai. For I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land.”  Joshua 8:1

   Joshua was in a very powerful position, but he may not have always felt like it. We have seen in the battle of Jericho that Joshua was given some curious yet God-glorifying plans for winning a battle. He was faithful and executed those plans just as he was directed in order to do two things; give God the glory and achieve the promised victory.

   The powerful position Joshua found himself in is one that we can also be in, but we must be humble, obedient and listen. I will be the first to admit that often these qualities elude me, and often when they do humility is the first to return as God brings my focus back to Him and not the things of this world.

   Joshua, who is in a new position, does not shrink back from the task. Rather he follows the more militaristic instructions given by God for the battle of Ai. And why wouldn’t he after seeing the incredible victory at Jericho! Joshua, and the Hebrews following him, realized that God is the One who can promise victory. We may play a small part in any story God puts together, but God and God alone is the One who is in control and receives the glory.

   While Joshua may be faithful and obedient it does not mean that he did not get scared or discouraged. That should give us great hope. If someone God is directly speaking to can still become fearful there is hope for us yet. God knows our hearts and He will give us tasks. plans and events in our lives that do not necessarily make sense to us. That is when we need to remember that He is the one in control. God leads with “Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged” in his exhortation to Joshua. He knows Joshua’s heart just like he knows ours. When life begins to feel like a battle you cannot win remember the One who has promised you ultimate victory even though in this world you may have trouble.

   What in your life causes you to doubt the promises of God? How does the faithful obedience of Joshua help bolster your faith in those promises?

Bible Reading Plan - Day 181

Heb 3:7-5:10

Ps 139:1–9

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