Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:3-4
Enemies, battles, they are guaranteed in this life. However nothing comes to us that has not been filtered through our Fathers hand and that He is not able to use for His glory. He has entrusted each of us with something today, and over the course of life probably many somethings. Whether its a battle or a blessing we can face it afraid, fainthearted, terrified, panicked that we will lose it or that we will not make it through it. On the other hand we can choose to believe that God would not entrust us with something and walk away… blessing or battle He will never leave our side.
Deut. 20 starts out so encouraging.. do not fear God will be with me! Yah! Then I kept reading and there is this list of reasons why some should not enter the battle because it would not be their time to die. Well, that must mean there will be deaths! But God how can I go with no fear knowing I might die in this battle or I might lose my blessing…You said victory!?!
God whispered to my heart at that moment “O My precious child, lift your eyes”. Where, O death, is your victory? Where O death is your sting?…But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:55,57 My perspective of victory needs to change. Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. Luke 17:33
I can choose to face my enemies and battles and even steward my blessings in a way that brings glory to God even when they are taken away or if I lose my life in the process. Trusting in the One Who has entrusted me I can steward it unafraid, unfainthearted, unpanicked, unterrified, even to the death! It is then that people all around will say who is this God who enables you to fight, to steward this blessing, this trial like this?! That my dear child of God, is when the God of all creation will say to you, well done, well done, good and faithful servant. -Now that, is sweet victory!
Independent Read: Matthew 25:23, James 1:2-4, Matthew 5:16