Deuteronomy 7: Winning a Losing Battle
I think that it’s sometimes easy to worry. They’re are plenty of reasons for worry after all, and I think that we all are pretty good about finding each and every one of them when we want to.
However, Deuteronomy chapter seven reminds us yet again that worrying is essentially useless.
Deu 7:17 If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?
Deu 7:18 Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;
Deu 7:19 The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.
The people of Israel were afraid that they would not be able to claim the Promised Land because there were other people who are already there. Not only that, but the people who were there had at a larger armies than Israel.
Isn’t everyone a little bit afraid when they go into what seems like a losing battle?
The thing is, when the battle is what God wants us to engage in, He’ll also give us the strength to overcome that challenge. That is what Moses is trying to emphasize.
Just for purposes of clarity, I am not just talking about literal battles. There are plenty of different types of battles to fight in life, but I thought that I would throw this disclaimer in here.
I like to think of Jesus in this situation. He essentially took on the entire religious institutions in Israel, but because of strength from God, He was able to persevere and accomplish His God-given mission. At the time, no one would have thought that one man could radically change history, but Jesus did.
When we are in the will of God and are doing what He wants, we will be given the power we need to overcome any obstacles. It might be challenging of course, but with God on our side, there is nothing that we cannot do.
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.