Joshua 10:1-4 (KJV) Now it came to pass, when Adonizedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them; That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty. Wherefore Adonizedek king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying, ‘Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel’.
Day after day, we are faced with forces unseen whose sole purpose is to destroy us (Jn. 10:10; 2 Cor. 10:3; Eph. 6:12). These forces can often be observed through the actions of others, events, or things we encounter on a daily basis. What we fail to realize is that we are being attacked by multiple forces simultaneously who are relentless in their pursuit (1 Pet. 5:8). During these moments, we sometimes feel helpless to face these battles alone. The truth is that we are not alone nor do we have to face these battles alone.
Understanding The Text
Our scriptural passage provides insight into how an enemy force plots against the children of Israel because they are a “perceived threat” to its kingdom. Stories of Israel’s conquests preceded them and now the reality of a potential war campaign is at the enemy’s doorstep. What does the enemy do? He solicits assistance from neighboring kingdoms to form an alliance to confront this threat (Mt. 12:43-45).
What the enemy does not realize is that the real threat is not the children of Israel. The real threat is the God of Israel. As we continue to read in the account, we can observe how God provides assurance to Joshua that the battle has already been given to them (v.8). Why? Because God “…discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way…and smote them…” (v.10). The next verse also mentions, “..the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them…and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword” (v.11). What does this mean for us?
The enemy of our souls may have “the roar of a lion“, but the Lion of Judah will never leave us on a battlefield alone.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This means that when we are faced with opposing forces and our lives are aligned with God’s plan for us, we can be assured that God will fight on our behalf. We need not fear what the enemy brings against us. Nor should we fear the multitude because “…they that be with us are more than they that be with them…” (2 Kgs. 6:15-17).
God will never leave us to fight any battle on our own. He has instructed us to “fear not” because He has promised to always be with us (Josh. 1:5). So take heart in the midst of your trials…God is right there with you and will not leave you. He is fighting on your behalf!