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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua . . . saying, ’Do not forsake your servants; come up to us quickly, save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the mountains have gathered together against us.’”—Joshua 10:6 (NKJV)
When the Gibeonites entered into an alliance with Israel, it incited five other kings in the region to join forces in order to attack and destroy Gibeon. With Gibeon now under siege, and their alliance with Israel now being tested, they were asking Joshua to honor their bond and rescue them from the combined forces of these five kings.
The logic behind this confederacy was actually pretty sound . . . why not pool all of our power and nip this thing in the bud? If we can make an example of Gibeon then perhaps it will make everyone think twice about siding with these invading Israelites? Maybe it would even turn the tide against them!
There was just one fatal flaw with this strategy, something that no military mastermind could ever account for—the fact that God was working in and through Israel to possess this land. As such, that’s all that really mattered in the long run, because that’s what God was up to. Notice how God assures Joshua on this point: “And the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you’” (Joshua 10:8 NKJV).
On one hand, we have five kings with their five armies, with a wealth of weaponry and resources to make war. Don’t forget that this was a warring culture; it was “kill or be killed.” These kingdoms only survived because they were battle-tested and their soldiers were accomplished in combat—formidable foes, indeed!
On the other hand, we have the Word of the Lord, “I have delivered them into your hand.” Again, in the long run and at the end of the day, what ultimately counts isn’t the number of swords, spears, shields, or soldiers . . . all that matters is what God has said, because that is what He is purposed to do!
This simple truth, that God’s Word is all that really matters, is a most powerful weapon within our arsenal of faith. With it, we can overcome any obstacle in our path. If God has said it, He will be true to His Word and fulfill it, regardless of how formidable or insurmountable things may seem. If He is for us, nothing—not even all the kings or armies of the world—can stand against us. Today, live knowing that the only thing that ultimately matters is what God has said.
DIG: What assurance did God give to Joshua here?
DISCOVER: What ultimately matters at the end of the day?
DO: Find practical ways you can apply this principle into your own life.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.