Ya go away for a couple of weeks and 14 days pass you by! Funny that…
Reading Deuteronomy 20 (which the NIV subtitles “going to war”) I couldn’t help but think of Paul’s instruction for Timothy to “fight the good fight” in 1 Timothy 1 & 6.
No-one likes the idea (let alone the reality) of going to war but when you’ve got enemies who are determined to bring you down, you’re left with no option but to fight! The great thing about fighting for King Jesus is that he actually fights for us! Just as God promised to go before Israel when they faced their enemies, we can face our enemies – sin, the world, the devil & even death – in the sure knowledge that Jesus has “gone into the breach” ahead of us and won the victory! Read Deuteronomy 20:3-4…
today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be faint-hearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you the victory.
How cool that those words find their full meaning in Christ! So, brave comrades, whatever it might look like for you today, fight the good fight knowing that in Christ the battle has already been won!