Delivered into Your Hand
And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have
delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”
No greater confidence will ever come to you or to any other Christian
than the confidence of knowing you are doing God’s will. God will not
commission you to do anything without ensuring your success. God assured Joshua
that there was no reason to fear as he prepared to battle the Canaanites. God
would allow the Israelites to fight the battle, but the outcome was settled
before they ever picked up their weapons. What confidence this gave them as
they fought! Even though their enemies fought relentlessly, Joshua’s army was
certain of eventual victory.
God does not promise you victory in every task you devise, but He does
promise that you will be successful whenever you follow His will (Deut. 28:7,
25). Does it appear that people are keeping you from obeying God’s will? Rest
assured that God will not allow anyone or anything to prevent His children from
accomplishing His purposes.
Be careful to evaluate success in the way that God does. Perhaps He is
working to produce His peace in your heart as you face troubling times. Perhaps
He is working to develop a forgiving spirit in you when others mistreat you.
Perhaps He is working to eliminate a particular sin in your life. If you accept
the world’s understanding of victory, you may feel defeated. If you look to see
what God is accomplishing through your situation, you will find that He is
succeeding. When you face opposition but know you are doing what God has asked,
have confidence that He will accomplish everything that He desires.