Daily Encouragement: Year 2, Day 168

From Handbook to God’s Promises


Walking in Victory
(Deuteronomy 20:4)

No other battle in history has been immortalized like Joshua’s victory over Jericho, where, as the song says, “the walls came a-tumblin’ down!” (Josh. 5:13–6:27). Although this event has been written off by critics of biblical history as fanciful legend, modern archaeological discoveries have certified Jericho as a city that underwent tumultuous upheavals like those associated with Joshua’s “attack.” No modern discovery has invalidated this remarkable event recorded in the Bible.

When Joshua led the fledgling nation of Israel into the Promised Land of Canaan, Jericho was the first obstacle in his path. An angel of the Lord (the commander of the Lord’s army [Josh. 5:13–14]) delivered a promise from God to Joshua: “I have given Jericho into your hand” (6:2). Note the past tense: I have already delivered Jericho. All that remained was for Joshua to take what had been given to him.

God’s actions at Jericho were the fulfillment of a promise Moses had made to Joshua on the Lord’s behalf—that when Joshua crossed over the Jordan and faced the enemies of Israel in Canaan, “the Lord your God is the one fighting for you” (Deut. 3:22). And why would God do this? Because Israel was God’s covenant nation. When God established a covenant with Israel, His part of the agreement was to fight for Israel—to defeat its enemies. God promised that Israel’s enemies would “come out against you one way and . . . flee before you seven ways” as long as the people obeyed Him (Deut. 28:1, 7).

Although God’s people today no longer live in a geopolitical realm with God as the king (a theocracy), we nonetheless enjoy the privileges of His covenant protection. Our battles aren’t against “flesh and blood” (2 Cor. 10:3; Eph. 6:12), but they are fraught with danger. And like Joshua, God has already fought—and won—for us (1 Cor. 15:55–57). Our job is to remain vigilant (1 Peter 5:8) and armed (Eph. 6:10–18) and to walk by faith into the victory that God has given us.

Are there walls and gates, shut up tight, looming on your horizon? Your commander-in-chief wants you to know that He is with you to give you victory.

God’s Promise:
In every battle, the eyes of faith will see Him leading the charge.