Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be
strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are
going to fight.” – Joshua 10:25
As shared in the post “Victory Builds Momentum for Future Victories”,
the Ammonites were the people of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and
Eglon. The kings of each joined together to attack Gibeon. But Joshua and his
army came to their rescue and God was with them as He produced hail stones to
kill the enemy. He even stopped the sun so that Joshua and his army had the
extra daylight to pursue the five kings.
The kings could not get away so
they hid in a cave at Makkedah (vv. 16-17) but they were found and Joshua told
his officers to put their feet on the king’s necks to engender trust in God for
future victories (v. 24).
Joshua’s army always returned to
Gilgal (v. 43) for rest, encouragement, inspiration, and to develop a strategy.
My friend, let us daily return to God for study, prayer, and encouragement. He
inspires us to jump into life with enthusiasm.
We can pray, listen for instructions, and get things done now. Opportunities to
do great things are right in front of us so let’s give God our best.
When we believe God is for us and
if we see God at work in our life; confidence grows, victories come our way,
and these victories can be used to build momentum to face future challenges
just like in the song Live
with Abandon by Newsboys.