Deuteronomy 3:22

Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.  NIV

Moses is commissioning Joshua to lead the people across the Jordan and into the promised land.  Moses will not be able to join them, and he’s upset about that, but, he follows God’s command and encourages Joshua.

And, what encouragement!  With God on his side, to fight his very battles, Joshua has nothing to fear, nothing to worry about.

It is interesting to me that these were true battles.  Soldiers were going to die for opposing the Israelites and God’s will.

I am not called upon to be a physical warrior.  On the contrary, I have an extremely peaceful existence in a quiet suburb, and I rarely venture more than 20 miles from my house.  When I do, the roads are paved (and filled to brim with traffic), there is clean running water everywhere I see, and large office buildings dot the landscape.  No soldiers.  No physical battles.  And yet, I find things to worry about here in this relative paradise.

I know that there is warfare, and I know that for me, worry is my enemy.  But, I also know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is on my side.  Indeed, He will fight for me.

That’s pretty powerful.  I will think about that today.

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