Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 10, 2014

Before We Go Out

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 20:1-9.

“1  When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.  2 When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall come near and speak to the people.  3 He shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today.  Do not be fainthearted.  Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, 4 for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’  5 The officers also shall speak to the people, saying, ‘Who is the man that has built a new house and has not dedicated it?  Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and another man would dedicate it.  6 Who is the man that has planted a vineyard and has not begun to use its fruit? Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and another man would begin to use its fruit.  7 And who is the man that is engaged to a woman and has not married her?  Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and another man would marry her.’  8 Then the officers shall speak further to the people and say, ‘Who is the man that is afraid and fainthearted?  Let him depart and return to his house, so that he might not make his brothers’ hearts melt like his heart.’  9 When the officers have finished speaking to the people, they shall appoint commanders of armies at the head of the people.”  Deuteronomy 20:1-9.

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We may not go into literal battles.  But, we go into spiritual battles.

We may not need courage to face enemies trying to kill us.  But, we need courage to go confront the trials, troubles, and tribulations in our weekly work and daily routines.

It is Monday morning and many of us need courage to face whatever we confront today and this week.

We need to be reminded of the LORD our God, and build our faith, that He is the One Who goes before us to fight for us and to save us.

And, how we can we get this reminder and build our faith?  

Before we go out, we can read God’s Word.  Before we go out, we can pray together.  Before we go out, we can encourage each other.

Before Israel crossed the river Jordan to face their enemies and take possession of the Promised Land of Canaan, here is some of what God said to Joshua the leader of Israel, which charge applies to us today.

“No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life.  Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you;  I will not fail you or forsake you.  Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.  Only be strong and very courageous;  be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you;  do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.  This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it;  for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:5-9.

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