Joshua 5:13-15 (NIV)
13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in
front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked,
"Are you for us or for our enemies?"
14 "Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now
come." Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him,
"What message does my Lord have for his servant?" 15 The commander of the
LORD's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are
standing is holy." And Joshua did so.
Joshua and his men were walking up to the walls of Jericho when they
encountered a man with his sword prepared. Joshua challenged him to identify
himself as being for them or against them, but the man said he was the
commander of the army of the Lord. The preincarnate Christ was there to lead
the battle for God and take Joshua to victory.
Every day Christians go into battle. Just do a search on the internet for
words, "Christian battles" and see the battles that are taking place. There are
struggles with persecutions; restrictions on where scriptures can be read;
battles in schools over what children can be taught; Christian principles over
doctrine; sexual temptations; Gays calling out for church marriages; Keeping
Christmas a holiday. And that is just a small list in comparison to the
battles taking place in the lives of individuals. The one comforting fact to
know is that God is there with us in our battles. And we can rest assured for
those really big important battles that God has an army of angels there
defending us. Joshua 1:9 says, " Have I not commanded you? Be strong and
courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God
will be with you wherever you go." Pray for peace remembering God is there in
the battles of life. Pray knowing God was already at work in your life
preparing a defense to the war. Give thanks to Lord for his mercy and
salvation, great is His holy name.