Deuteronomy 20:3-4 Wars of conquest.

Deuteronomy 20:3-4
“3 and shall say to them, ‘hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: do not let your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, 4 for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you the victory.’”

Do we have our priest – Jesus – come forward and tell us “…let your heart not faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them”? Do we let Jesus pick and choose our battles for us (for some will fight, some will accept the terms of peace)?

Is Jesus your pilot or co-pilot?

What to do when the enemy seems
so large? So powerful? So overwhelming? Send folks who aren’t into it, who’s minds are distracted, home (v5-9). Let God handle it.

I’ve had my own challenges to overcome in life – addictions and others – and God, Jesus, has done a much better job of fighting than I have. I haven’t always liked the results, and at times I mourn the losses, yet what I have today is just an amazing blessing.

I won’t complain about the comfort of a padded chair when there are so many who don’t have chairs. I won’t complain about the price of food when it’s readily available and I can pay for it, when so many don’t and cant. I won’t complain about intolerance when so many don’t have the basic freedoms we in the West enjoy. It goes on and on….

What I will do is wait for Christ to tell me when and where to fight, and I will fight. This is a war of conquest, and in the end, God has already won. I will do my part and as I get into it, will do so no matter what the cost.

As I get into it…. What am I waiting for? I don’t like the answer.

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