Lessons from the book of Joshua

Joshua 3

Joshua 11: 1-6b – I Spy the Enemy Lines


“You shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire”.

I’m thinking, “What a waste! Would it not have been a sound military strategy to commandeer the military resources of the defeated enemy? Would it not give us a better advantage in future wars?” Here is the funny thing; it’s very easy to forget that the enemy we just defeated considered these resources their “better advantage” until they were conquered.

Do you know where we get our ideas from sometimes? By watching the enemy. We think if we only had what they had and did what they did, we would stand a better chance. We easily forget that we have come thus far without the resources we so urgently seek to acquire just because the enemy has them.

Right here is one of the background stories that could have given birth to the song, “Some may trust in horses, some may trust in chariots but we will trust in the name of our God” (Psalm 20:7)

We have to learn to stop ignoring what works for us and stop pursuing what works for someone else, especially the world. And that’s just the funny thing about it, isn’t it? We actually are from two different worlds.

We have God on our side.

Jonah 2:8  They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.



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