A daily devotion written by Dean Collins, President of Point University. He not only brings a fresh insight to the Scriptures, but also he shares personally how God has been leading him throughout his life from a youth in a church youth group to the presidency of a Christian university
There are days or even seasons where it appears there is just no way to overcome the challenges ahead. The mountain is just too high and your legs are already tired. Maybe you’ve just recovered from one tough situation and before you know it you are staring at what appears to be a bigger struggle.
In fairness to the children of Israel who traveled in the wilderness those 40 years if you only consider the human side of the equation you would have to say the odds were in fact in favor of complete elimination. They were generationally challenged. 400 years of control by another master. Overworked daily. No one really knew how to live as free. They needed a shepherd to guide them and Moses got the call.
The whole journey is an “only God” story. Only God could get them through the wilderness. Only God could provide their daily bread and water. Only God could keep their legs strong enough for all of the travel. And now as Moses is winding down his last shepherding season he is delivering a long and detailed speech filled with all the “ how to and what then” things the Israelites need to remember. There really wasn’t a lot of new information it was mostly a review session for the final exam.
And part of the review included what to do when you face your enemies. And here are the basics;
You do have enemies
You will have to face them
There will be a war
On paper they are bigger than you...the odds are against you
Now the instructions;
Do not be afraid of them
The Lord, your God, is with you
He brought you out of Egypt
Listen to the priest...
Don’t let your heart grow faint
Do not fear
Don’t be in dread of the people or situation
God will go with you and fight for you against the enemy
God will give you victory
It’s interesting to note that before the officers of the army give instructions for battle Moses says the priests will remind the Israelites of God’s presence and of his promises.
That’s probably a good model for us because like God’s children of old we still have enemies. Like the Israelites we still have difficulties and situations and we will have battles that on paper appear to be losing scenarios. And just like the Israelites our shepherd...the good shepherd promises to be with us and work for us.
“I will be with you to the end” Matthew 28:20
“Don’t be afraid or let your heart be troubled, believe in God and in me” John 14:1
“I will give you rest...” Matthew 11:28
“Nothing can separate us from God’s love...” Romans 8:28
“Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world” 1 John 4:4
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13
I know that every year I face new battles and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. Moses knew the children of Israel would need reminders. Jesus knew we would as well. So whatever you are facing today know that you have the resurrected Christ in your life and he will not stand at a distance. He is with you and for you and has overcome the world. Together you can overcome today’s battle.
“"When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, 'Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory'” (Deuteronomy 20:1-4 ESV).