Bible Reference: Deuteronomy 20:1
Translation: Good News Translation (GNT)
Bible Text: “When you go out to fight against your enemies and you see chariots and horses and an army that outnumbers yours, do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who rescued you from Egypt, will be with you.
OBSERVATION: The words in our focal verse today were spoken to the Israelites. However I don’t believe for a minute that God placed these words in His Book just for us to read an interesting story about our ancestors. No, I believe that God intended for us to have our eyes opened, and our minds re-energized to remember these words when we face our giants, our overwhelming circumstances, and to not be afraid when we appear as the underdogs in situations that appear much larger than anything we could tackle alone.
APPLICATION: If you are old enough to be reading this devotional, then I’m sure that you have encountered situations where you may have looked up and said to God ‘Where do I go from here?’, for you may have exhausted all of your efforts, all of your finances, your whole wishing well, and you had no idea where to turn to next in dealing with some situation that burdened your heart. If you have not been burdened in that way, I’m sure that you must have family or friends that you felt very sorry for, because they faced those challenges. Our country faces military challenges on a regular bases, much like the Israelites faced, but our personal battles might be quite different. A family losing a young daughter to cancer, and we can’t find the words to encourage that family, or advice for the doctors who have exhausted all efforts and knowledge that they have studied many years for. A husband, whose wife went to work yesterday to help soften the financial burden on their family, but she never returned home because some young man decided to use his gun on this fine lady and her coworkers. Then there’s plane crashes, murder, robbery, theft, automobile accidents and so much more, for which we might easily feel like the Israelites – helpless, especially in circumstances that seem monumental compared to anything we have dealt with previously. So what do we do? We may have heard that God can do all things, or that nothing is impossible with God, or that He has the whole world in His hands, but how might I apply that to the impossible situations at hand? Friends, it is always reassuring to read God’s Word and to be reminded that the same God that fought the many battles for the Israelites getting away from Pharaoh; who provided water, food and protection for a crowd of over 2 million Israelites as they walked through the wilderness; who raised Lazarus from the dead; who fed over 5,000 hungry people with just 5 loaves and 2 fishes; who walked on water; who arose from the grave and lives as Lord and Savior for all who have accepted Him – this is the One that we can look to with our small and big issues of life, Praise The Lord! Yes He did all of these things just mentioned, and a whole lot more, and I’m here to remind us that He could do it again – plus a whole lot more! So be assured of the One who stands ready to adopt you into His kingdom. In knowing Him, you will quickly learn to lean on Him and allow our awesome God to direct your path and provide for you in accordance with His perfect will. That my friend, is so reassuring and filled with hope, that our challenges become opportunities for us to place our needs before God knowing that He could do all things!
PRAYER: Lord, You created this world, and all mankind that were placed on this earth. Having been reminded of what You did for the Israelites, we have been reassured of what You could also do for us. So many things seem so impossible to us, for which we need Your touch and comfort today. We need our faith to be re-energized so that we might learn to trust on You for all things. Thank You Father for being patient with us while we learn to trust You more. AMEN!