Joshua 11:4-6 4 They came out with all their troops and a large number of horses and chariots—a huge army, as numerous as the sand on the seashore. 5 All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom, to fight against Israel. 6 The LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them over to Israel, slain. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots.”
At times, life seems to stack against you. There’s those days that we feel like anything that could go wrong did. These are the moments when we want to just get back in bed and crawl under the covers. If a day could wake up on the wrong side of the bed, it did. On days like those, you get behind the slowest car in traffic. You pick the longest line at the grocery store. Your coworkers gang up against you. Your boss assigns you more work than is humanly possible in a day. You burn your toast and spill your coffee. You dread going to school because everybody is talking about the thing you did yesterday. Anybody have a day like that? It can be a bit overwhelming, exhausting, and wearing on our willpower. When life seems to stack up against you, living another day seems intimidating.
Joshua had a day that could have very well gone that way. We see in Joshua 11 that a bunch of different kings got together to take on the Israelites in battle. This wasn’t just another battle; these kings joined forces in order to destroy the Israelites once and for all. It says here that their army was huge – like sand on a seashore. Can you imagine the feeling of this many people coming against you? It had to be scary, intimidating, and completely unfair. Being ganged up on stinks!
Then God speaks to Joshua in a way that is both energizing and comforting. He tells him that Israel will win this fight. He assures Joshua that He is on their side. And when the Lord is with you, victory is inevitable. All Joshua had to do was follow the Lord’s instructions. So Joshua did what He asked him to and the Lord did the rest. Such is the way of life. When we are facing obstacles, we first need to go to the Lord and ask Him how He sees the situation. Then we need to ask Him how we should respond. From there, all we can do is what He asks of us and trust Him to handle the rest. It is in that place, you will find peace knowing that God is fighting the battle with you.