For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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As soon as Adoni-zedek, king of Jerusalem, heard how Joshua had captured Ai and had devoted it to destruction, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them,
he feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were warriors.
So Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem sent to Hoham king of Hebron, to Piram king of Jarmuth, to Japhia king of Lachish, and to Debir king of Eglon, saying,
“Come up to me and help me, and let us strike Gibeon. For it has made peace with Joshua and with the people of Israel.”
Then the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered their forces and went up with all their armies and encamped against Gibeon and made war against it.
And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal, saying, “Do not relax your hand from your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the hill country are gathered against us.”
So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor.
And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of them shall stand before you.”
The fruit of not going to God before making an alliance with Gibeon was now finding themselves in a much larger battle. We often find that what seemed small, insignificant and harmless was actually just the gateway to a much larger conflict. The enemy of our souls does not want us living a victorious life, abundant and free in the ‘promised land’ of spiritual health and strength. This is the life in our promised land of spiritual victory and health that was promised by Jesus to the believer who follows his commands. Yet even when we face conflicts that are the result of our own rashness, God is faithful. He told Joshua in the very beginning of this conquest that He would be with Joshua. Joshua was told to not fear and be courageous for God would be with him. We can ask for the same. Jesus says you have not because you do not ask and you ask amiss. It was God’s will that Joshua be victorious. It is God’s will that we be victorious. Not through our own strength but through His and He gets the glory, not us. God has not changed. We can be sure that He will be faithful to help us in our battles and “hand them over to us.” We can walk in faith, believing God, taking Him at His word.
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