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 us or for our enemies?”
“Neither, but as the commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
Is God on our side? The more important questions are, Are we on God’s side? Do we stand with God?
It is time to realize that it is not all about us. Our opinion, which have been glorified out of all proportion, do not matter. We are to love God above all else but the good news is when we are on God’s side we will act with love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control – the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) My often shared story about my now teenaged grandson is about 4 year old Brayden’s question, “Who do you love most, Grandma?” Unplanned and in that moment of time, I replied, “I love God most, Brayden.” Brayden then asked, “Why do you love God most, Grandma?” And from my heart I responded, “Because when I love God most I can love you better.”
Operating from God’s side, will always lead to the best decisions and to love others better. Those will not be the easiest decisions because our hearts want what they want. Those choices will always be the best.
The Bible tells us “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9) Our hearts will pull us to satisfy every passing whim and every long term longing. We must harness our hearts to the will of God. God’s will is for all our ultimate good. Today’s feel good religion which promotes the lie that God wants us to be happy above all else. God wants us to be holy. Holy is simply being set apart. We are set apart for His purpose, for His use and it is done in the very best of love—the love He is.
14“So fear the LORD and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”
I wholly lean on Him to lead me in becoming a woman who stands with and for the Lord—as a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, neighbor, and simply as a woman.