April 15

Joshua 11:1-12:24; Luke 17:11-37; Psalm 84:1-12; Proverbs 13:5-6

Are there things that frighten you? How about being challenged by every nation in a 100 mile radius? How about all your enemies joining forces to defeat you and shame you? This is what Israel was up against. These kings had trained armies and the most sophisticated fighting machines of the time. They had horses, chariots, armor and weapons.

Israel had spent 40 years in the wilderness and all the people who were knowledgeable about war had died. Israel had the numbers but they did not have the experience to defeat these foreign armies. It would have been a challenge to beat over 30 nations individually, but almost impossible all at once. They really needed a supernatural victory!

Well thank God, that is the kind of God He is! He will take what seemingly appears impossible and with Him it becomes possible. When all these nations rallied against Israel they were certain Israel would fall. But what they didn’t realize was that they made God’s job easier. Rather than fighting them one at a time, they were able to topple over a dozen at one time. Don’t you ever fear when enemies or challenges rise up against you!

Your God is The Lord of Heaven’s Armies (Lord Sabaoth). He knows how to fight and win! He has marshaled all the forces of heaven to fight on your behalf. When your enemy comes against you one way, they will flee seven different ways. God will not leave you alone when your persecutors unite against you. He will defend you!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 13:1-14:15; Luke 18:1-17; Psalm 85:1-13; Proverbs 13:7-8

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