Sometimes it’s hard to be “strong and courageous” as God commands many times in the book of Joshua. All hell is seamlessly shaking loose around you and all the sudden you can’t even focus on Jesus.
I’ve been wrestling to feel safe lately. I’ve been to a lot of places where safety should be a given. But, for whatever reason, I felt nothing of the sort. Instead I found myself looking aimlessly for something to stir up. For trouble to arise. I can’t quite understand why, because I didn’t intentionally go looking for bad things. I went seeking peace through Jesus Christ.
Having a safe refuge where I know I can come packing everything that ails me and leave it at the feet of Jesus is irreplaceable. If it can’t be found anywhere else. I know it can be found in my personal prayer space and time with Jesus.
A safety net isn’t really a building or a place. It’s more a peace inside you that Jesus will take care of you no matter the things happening around you. There are times we all have to go places we don’t like. I’m sure Joshua didn’t prefer being in war but, he obeyed God and went anyways. Now, I’m not sure if he trembled as he went, but, nevertheless Joshua went. In chapter 8 of the book we find Joshua and the children of Israel taking captive Ai and it’s people. Joshua stood on the promises of God and his army overtook Ai in great authority, just as God had promised. Joshua praised God by building an altar (Joshua 8:30) at Mount Ebal.
Our lives seem like an all out war sometimes. Maybe not in the literal but, the spiritual. That’s because we are in a war. The Bible is very plain about that:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11 (KJV)
“Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:” Psalms 144:1 (KJV)
We are called by God to endure as it says in 2 Timothy 2:3, “Endure hardness, as a good soldier in Jesus Christ.”
Every step we take is ordered by God if we listen to His direction. Sure, we may not always want to do as He says, but, we should pray, obey and do it anyhow. God always provides His children with whatever they need to conquer the task He has asked them to do.
There will come times where we feel as though we don’t have the strength to fight the battle. That’s when we need to recognize that the battle is not ours to begin with. Sure, we fight in certain ways such as prayer and obedience in God. But, ultimately we must remember that the battle is the Lord’s. We are called to be soldiers in His army and we must listen to our Commander first and foremost. We must seek Him in everything and listen to His direction. Our safety net is Jesus. Without that divine direction and provision we will not be able to conquer the conquests He sends us on.
Our main place of prayer and direction should come in our personal prayer time. That is why it is so urgent to pray always! We can’t do anything correctly without Jesus. Our safety net and place of warring should begin on our knees with our ears leaned heavenward to hear the voice of Jesus.