When you go to war against your enemy and see horses and chariots and soldiers far outnumbering you, do not recoil in fear of them; God, your God, who brought you up out of Egypt is with you. When the battle is about to begin, let the priest come forward and speak to the troops. He’ll say, “Attention, Israel. In a few minutes you’re going to do battle with your enemies. Don’t waver in resolve. Don’t fear. Don’t hesitate. Don’t panic. God, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win.” Deuteronomy 20:1-4 Message
It’s easy to not be afraid when you know the outcome, isn’t it? It’s like seeing a movie for the 2nd time, you know what’s going to happen, so you’re prepared for it. But those times you don’t know, when your situation or circumstance screams loudly in your ear and you are forced to give it your undivided attention, that’s hard.
The really neat thing about these verses is this; he uses the word ‘when’ you go to war, not if. He knew this was only one of many things His people would face and He wasn’t going to try to sugar coat it. It sort of reminds me of what Jesus said in John 16:33-“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Just as He brought them out of Egypt, the place where they had dwelt in bondage for centuries, He was showing them the way through it. He was saying, “I did it for you than, I will do it for you again and again and again!”
So whatever you’re facing today, or have faced this week or perhaps will face in your future, reflect on your past victories. The same God who provided for you last time, will provide for you again. The God who loves you and stands with you, He’s still there, loving and standing with you. He will strengthen you, He will hold you up with His right hand.
Sit and write down your past victories so that you have record of them, then draw on the memory of your victories.
Make it a good weekend,