No matter the size of the battle, God calls us as his chosen to be strong and courageous. So was the case with Israel. What started as a call for help from their sneaky allies, became God’s campaign to clear out a huge part of the land. There is no telling how long it would have taken had the kings not tried to do a sneak attack, but, God was ready as were his people. Those years of following God and accepting his leadership and provision caused this generation to trust and obey.
In all of Bible history there is not a better testimony of his people being free and blessed than in this time. It was a long journey with many trials and tribulations, but it prepared the nation to meet any obstacle, battle or trial with the same expectant heart to follow God and trust his leadership. The post script, “because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.” summed up why they were undefeatable and also why for the first time in 450 years they were truly free.
It is our hope and prayer that we can also become a free people. The question becomes can we trust and obey God as these people did. God stripped them of all they had. He then provided all they needed but he did it one day at a time. We have to prayerfully consider the idea, he may have to lead us there again. If he does, can we be strong and courageous? Can we go where he says and do what he says—so he can fight and free us? It is no small task and requires a daily commitment. But to be free and have God fighting for you is sooooo worth the training.
God Bless You
24 When they had brought these kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, “Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks.
25 Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” 26 Then Joshua put the kings to death and exposed their bodies on five poles, and they were left hanging on the poles until evening… So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their kings. He left no survivors. He totally destroyed all who breathed, just as the Lord, the God of Israel, had commanded. 41 Joshua subdued them from Kadesh Barnea to Gaza and from the whole region of Goshen to Gibeon. 42 All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.
43 Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal