And I commanded Joshua at that time, 'Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings. So will the LORD do to all the kingdoms into which you are crossing. You shall not fear them, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you.'
Moses gives credit where credit is due. God had given Israel victory west of the Jordan in order to confirm for the next generation of leaders that the conquest of Canaan would be God's doing. Moses did live to see these initial victories. Joshua would be used by God to lead Israel to the final possession of the Promised Land.
The secret strategy behind Israel's success was not a big secret: God was on their side and their foes did not stand a chance under those conditions. God is with His people. That is an unchanging truth. The same reality marks my life today. The apostle Paul put it in a rhetorical question: "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31). Indeed. Joshua and Israel lived this truth every time that they went up against another Canaanite stronghold. And God won.
We acknowledge that You are on the side of believers, though at times it may not feel like it when tragic evil seems so strong in our experience. But not even death is our final foe, for Jesus, You have conquered even that! May we follow Your command to experience all that You want to give us!
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