13 And then this, while Joshua was there near Jericho: He looked up and saw right in front of him a man standing, holding his drawn sword. Joshua stepped up to him and said, “Whose side are you on—ours or our enemies’?”14 He said, “Neither. I’m commander of God’s army. I’ve just arrived.” Joshua fell, face to the ground, and worshiped. He asked, “What orders does my Master have for his servant?”15 God’s army commander ordered Joshua, “Take your sandals off your feet. The place you are standing is holy.”Joshua did it.– Joshua 5, MSG
Joshua was confident about facing any army they encountered in the Promised Land. But when he met the commander of God’s army, he fell to the ground and worshiped. He realized that this fight was something beyond his control. God had intervened and He will decide what happens next. The battle is the Lord’s.
A lot of times, Christians get cocky because they assume that God will take on their side. What if He doesn’t? What if His desired outcome differs greatly from what you had in mind? What if instead of delivering your enemies into your hands, He delivers you into theirs? Joshua could’ve ignored the commander of God’s army and marched his forces against Jericho. I believe they wouldn’t have emerged victorious.
But make no mistake, the Lord wanted Israel to win. He is the One who called them out of Egypt to occupy Canaan. He wants us to win. However, He is looking at the condition of our hearts. He wants to confirm where our confidence lies. Years later, David would utter a psalm regarding this. He probably had a much better army than what Joshua had. Listen to what he has to say:
7 Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,
but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
8 Those nations will fall down and collapse,
but we will rise up and stand firm.– Psalm 20, NLT
God wants us to overcome every form of opposition we face on the road to fulfilling our destiny. But He doesn’t want us thinking that we could do it on our own. The best way to fight our battles is to surrender the result to Him who fights for us. Whatever the outcome may be, let our hearts rest assured in His promises for us. All we need to do is take off our sandals and bow down in reverence. This doesn’t mean that we don’t need to fight at all, though. Joshua and the Israelites still had to trust the Lord while they stormed Jericho’s walls. However, at that time, they were already confident that they will win because of the One fighting with them.
Are you on your way to battle? It might be a promotion at work you’ve been working on for a long time or a financial breakthrough you expected to happen years ago. You can be fighting for your personal dreams or the salvation of others. It doesn’t matter what you’re fighting for as long as your heart is surrendered to the God of Angel Armies.
In conclusion, let me leave you with this amazing quote from one of best military strategists of all time: