Over the past couple of weeks, God has reawakened my heart to pursue Him again, and I’ve been on an incredible journey reading Deuteronomy. Today, God breathed life into these three verses from Deuteronomy 9.
9Hear, Israel: You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to the sky. 2 The people are strong and tall—Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: “Who can stand up against the Anakites?” 3 But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you.
All of your dreams are about to come true. Everything you have waited for and worked for and believed for and prayed for is all about to be yours. You are on the verge of crossing over into new and wondrous territory. But it is going to take a leap of faith you just aren’t sure you have in you. And that is where we find the Israelites in these few verses. They are on the verge of entering the Promised Land. But they have one more hurdle to overcome: the Anakites.
Just like the Israelites, we are always on the verge of battle. We always seconds away from entering the unknown. That’s why we must be prepared. Like any good soldier knows, being prepared means listening to the commanding officer’s orders and directions. And that is exactly what we must do. We must drown out the voices of doubt and fear- the voice of the enemy. We must take up the battle cry of “the battle is the Lord’s!”
The One who leads us into battle has been victorious before and will remain victorious for each battle we face today and every tomorrow we have in front of us. We must take heart.
We will face things greater and stronger than we are, just like the Israelites. But nothing we face will be greater or stronger than Jesus. We must root our confidence in Him who has called us and led us this far. We will face situations where those who have gone before us or those who now surround us cry out, “Who can stand against that?!” ir “Your power and your strength are no match for what awaits you down that road.” To which, we reply, “My God can stand against that. His power and His strength are are a match for anything that awaits me down that road.”
Moses told the Israelites, and Holy Spirit tells us, “Be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes ahead of you.”
Today. It wasn’t that everything was going to be perfect today. It was “be assured today.” I don’t know about you, but I could use assurance today (and every day, honestly). Assurance I have purpose. Assurance I am going the right direction. Assurance I am seen. Assurance God is moving.
We are to be assured today of God’s power. Our role is to do all we can in our power and then stand back and be amazed at what God does in His own power. As a wise friend recently put it, “I can just do what is possible, and then God does what is impossible.”
What impossible thing do you need God to do in your life today? Prayer is powerful; never doubt that. But God is calling you to a higher place of actions, of doing what is possible today, so all that remain is for Him to do the impossible.
Have faith. Take heart. Be assured. The battle is the Lord’s.