One of the great benefits of being a Lecrae aficionado is that fans are consistently introduced to great new songs and creative synergies. GAWVI’s team up with Lecrae certainly doesn’t disappoint.
I love the response to Joshua’s question.
“Neither,” he replied. “I have now come as commander of the Lord’s army.” (Joshua 5:14 CSB)
Joshua doesn’t realize it initially, but he is experiencing a theophany. God Himself has arrived on the scene. He is about to do battle with Israel’s enemies–the Canaanites of Jericho. His response is very appropriate, because God wasn’t there to take sides. He was there to take over. He’s about to fight for Joshua and the Israelites.
We all experience battles and trials in life. It’s important to remember though, if we are in Christ, He fights for us. That doesn’t mean we don’t have to suit up. Joshua still had to follow in faith some very unorthodox military strategy, at least in this battle. We too must believe and depend on the Lord.
A New Testament example of this truth is found in Ephesians 6. In his closing remarks, Paul tells the Ephesian Christians to suit up, because they are about to be battle-tested. But before he lists all the spiritual equipment they’re going to need to be victorious, he commands them (and us):
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by his vast strength.” (Ephesians 6:10 CSB)
It’s easy to skip over this verse and head right into the armor of God portion. But don’t miss it. Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, exhorts us to put our strength in the Lord. He fights for us.
Whatever battle you’re facing–your marriage, your faith, a wayward child, depression, lust, pride, fear–remember, we need God to fight for us. Put your strength in the Lord and in faith ask Him to strengthen you.
Thanks for reading,