The Lord Fought for Israel
Text: Joshua 10-12
Joshua may have made mistakes along the way, but he was a faithful man and learned his lesson. For the next several chapters of Joshua, we read of the final battles the Israelites fought for the Promised Land. In my Bible I have underlined over and over phrases like, “because the Lord fought for Israel” and “I have delivered them into thine hand.” For the remaining conquests Israel sought and followed God’s battle plan and they won every time! Why were they victorious? Was it due to their military prowess or their ingenuity in war strategy? No! They were the victors because the Lord fought for Israel. It wasn’t Israel that made the sun stand still. It wasn’t Joshua that sent hailstones to destroy the enemy. God did it all and gave them the land.
When we finally allow God to work in the battles we are facing, we find that the fight is hardly a fight at all because God is fighting for us. Yes, we have to actively engage. We have to wield a sword and chase the foe, and that is hard work. Yet the work is made lighter because God strengthens our arms to carry the sword and gives swiftness to our feet to pursue the foe. Let it be said of you that you were victorious “because the Lord fought for you.”