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May 16, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Joshua conquered all these kings and their land in a single campaign, for the Lord, the God of Israel, was fighting for his people. Then Joshua and the Israelite army returned to their camp at Gilgal.”—Joshua 10:42–43 (NLT)
According to the Collins Dictionary, a secret weapon is “a thing or person which they believe will help them achieve something and which other people do not know about.” In The Karate Kid, the crane kick was Daniel LaRusso’s secret weapon; in Teen Wolf, the Beavers basketball team’s secret weapon was Michael J. Fox’s Scott Howard, who happens to be a werewolf.
In our passage in Joshua, we see clearly that God Himself was the secret weapon that allowed for Joshua and the Israelites to have such sweeping success in the military campaigns against the kings who stood against them. It tells us that Joshua conquered all these kings in a single campaign because the Lord “was fighting for His people.”
Now here’s what I want you to see for your life today, Christ-follower . . . Romans 8:31–32 (NIV, emphasis added) tells us, “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Just as God was for the Israelites, fought for them, and gave them the victory over their enemies in Joshua, God is for us and has graciously given us all that we need to live in victory here and forever in Christ Jesus! Because He sent His precious Son to fight our battle and win the day, we get to say with all confidence that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 NIV). We get to know with complete certainty that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39 NIV).
But here’s the thing we must remember, the lesson we must take from the Israelites: Apart from Him, the Israelites were totally lost and would have been soundly defeated in their endeavors. In fact, throughout their history, you see this happen repeatedly when the Israelites turned away from the Lord. Likewise, Jesus tells us in John 15:5 (NLT), “Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
If you want to walk in the promises of God and experience the full victory Christ won for you, if you want to have the abundant life (John 10:10), you must remain in Him, you must seek Him daily, and you must allow Him to mold and conform you to His image.
DIG: What does it mean that God fought for Israel?
DISCOVER: How have you seen God fight for you in your life? What victories have been won in this season?
DO: Thank God today for fighting your battles and giving you the victory through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.