Anticipating The Battle
By Joan Walker Hahn
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NIV
The story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho was always a favorite of mine as a child. I remember singing the childhood song, “Joshua fought the Battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho…” As I read Chapter 6 of Joshua, I thought about how the people prepared for the battle.
We can expect it. And if we know to expect it, then we can know how to prepare for it. We prepare by staying in the Word and heeding the voice of the Commander. We’re told in Ephesians 6 about our battle gear. We just need to keep that armor on, and we’ll be ready at a moment’s notice to face the battle.
Our hearts should be lifting praise to the Father and listening for Him to give us our next move. One of the ways we can be a huge witness to others around us is to allow our manner and actions to reveal a spirit of humility and grace as we endure the battle. That will speak volumes more than any spoken words we can share.
Whatever battle we may be in, we must learn how to rest in the Lord. Bible reading and prayer is so important, but even so much more during times of struggles. We need to spend time daily with the One who can refresh our souls.
Battles are never something we want or long for. But they are inevitable. So, take heart, dear friend. Anticipate those battles with the knowledge that God is with us, will lead us through them, and give us the victory at the end of them.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the example of the Children of Israel fighting their battles. I don’t like thinking about facing a battle but thank You for assuring me of Your help and presence as I go through those times of conflict. Help me be prepared before the battle comes so that during the midst of it, I can stay obedient and strong as I trust in You. Thank You, Father, for the warning and I praise You now for the victory that will come in Your time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
© 2019 by Joan Walker Hahn. All rights reserved.
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