“Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon. Behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to possess it and contend with him in battle.” Deuteronomy 2:24
Do you believe some of the battles that you faced were ordained by God himself? The answer is yes. It is proven in Deuteronomy chapter 2. When God told the children of Israel to take the journey to the promised land, they were given instructions (see my last post). But as they journeyed on, he told them to take possession of King Sihon’s land and fight him.
Though God told Moses and the children of Israel to possess and fight they still sent out a message to King Sihon asking him to allow then to pass through in peace just like how they passed peacefully through the land of the children of Esau and the Moabites. But scripture says that God had hardened the heart of king Sihon (read Deuteronomy 2:24-30) so no matter how peacefully the Israelites approached him, war would be the order of the day, because we cannot undo what God has already done.
Whenever God declares war upon a nation or an individual it is always for his glory not ours. He had already set-in motion fear in the hearts of anyone who would come against Israel and he was about to use the battle with King Sihon to show it. he wanted their enemies to know that he (God) was fighting for his people. Everything was already done in the spirit; the physical fight was just a fulfillment of his perfect plan. That is why he told them in verse 24 “to begin to possess the land”. Why? Because the battle was already won. Let us not talk ourselves out of what God has given us by being humble when it’s time to fight. After all his word tells us that to everything there is a season (Ecclesiastes chapter 3). Our fight today may not be a physical battle, but it is still a battle and we must be obedient and step into position whenever God told us to do it. Get ready to use your praise and declare warfare in the spiritual atmosphere.
This was not the first time that God ordained a battle and hardened the heart of the enemy. He did it to king Pharaoh (Read Exodus chapter 9). Poor Pharaoh did not have much of a choice, he tried to let the people go but he could not stop himself from pursuing them afterwards. Many might wonder (including myself at some point) why would God operate like that? But that is one mystery we may never understand on this side of heaven. All I know is we serve a just and mighty God, who is wiser than we are and the best thing to do is trust him and trust his ways. One thing for sure is that God does not ordained senseless wars. He always has a reason and a plan and its always perfect.
Let us pray: Lord, please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me to discern when you have ordained the battles in my life and to follow your instructions to see your glory. Thank you Lord for fighting for me in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time God bless you.
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