Joshua 17:17-18 “But Joshua said to the house of Joseph…’You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have iron chariots and though they are strong, you can drive them out.'” (NIV)*
When will this life not be a battle? When can I sit and let victory come to me? Must the enemy be always threatening from chariots of iron?
New life in Christ was paid in full by Jesus on the cross. Walking daily with him–growing and maturing–does not come free.
His promises of milk and honey are true. Gaining the ground to get them is not easy. We have to clear the land and fight the enemy. Make way for God. Sometimes, the Canaanites seem awfully strong and their iron chariots formidable.
We have three choices:
1) Give up and sit down. Risk the enemy overtaking us.
2) Compromise. Befriend the enemy for survival.
3) Fight for the land. Believe God gives victory.
In Joshua 5:14 the commander of the army of the Lord appeared to Joshua. The Lord was on their side, just as he is on our side today…fighting for us. Strengthening us. We are not asked to fight on our own. We show up and live out faithfulness…He brings victory.
Make the daily choice to fight. Gear up. It’s time to take the land.
*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.