Victory In Life

The readings set down for today are Joshua 11 and Luke 23:44-49

In both these readings we witness great victory at the hands of God.

In Joshua 11 the enemy in the north of Canaan is united to resist Israel’s advance, and their forces were formidable. There was too much opposition for the Israelites to meet it alone. But God assured Joshua that he would win the battle, and he did.

God assures us before the battle (v.6). He fights for us during the battle (v.8) and commands us after the battle (vs.9 & 15). How we follow orders after the battle is as important as what we do before the battle begins.

(We might ask why Joshua had to treat the horses as he did. We are not told, but perhaps it was so that the Israelites would continue to rely on God and not on their own military might.)

We see that Joshua conquered the whole land and did it to provide each Israelite with his inheritance from the Lord (v.23). God helped him defeat thirty-one kings and claim their land and their wealth for the Lord and His people.

In the New Testament we see Jesus, the Son of God as being “our Joshua”. Jesus has defeated every spiritual enemy, by His death on the cross (Luke 23:44-49) and now He reigns in heaven (See Ephesians 1:15-23 and Colossians 2:9-15).

Now, because of everything that Christ has done, we can “live and rule like kings” (Romans 5:17)

There is the victory.

Have a great day,

Peter Clark.

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