Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Read Joshua 5:13-15
13Now 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 Lorde have for his servant?”
15The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
ARE YOU FOR or AGAINST?
When Joshua, preparing for battle, saw a human figure with sword drawn, he naturally went to the man and asked if he was for them or against them. The man, who Joshua discovered was an earthly appearance of God, answered that he was not for then or against them, but was the commander of the Lord’s army. Joshua bowed down and worshiped the Lord.
When we are facing the challenges of life, even relationships in family and the church, it is natural for us to begin to choose sides. It is comfortable and easy to make things black and white, right and wrong, us and them. We can make distinctions between those who seem to be for our vision and our beliefs and those we imagine are against us. It may be true, but it may be an unnecessary division that only leads to a fight.
A more peaceful path may be to ask if we are personally in agreement with the Lord. Let’s ask, am I living toward people or am I against them? Am I living out of gratitude for God’s love, patience, kindness and forgiveness to me? He showed us love and kindness when we were against him (Rom 5:10)? We will know we are “with” the Lord when our desires for others correspond to His loving action toward us.
Father, your lovingkindness changes me, it changes everything. I pray as I welcome your love today, my heart, attitude and actions will reflect your love toward others. AMEN,