Joshua had some major victories under his belt and his reputation was widespread, but that did not stop his enemies in their attempt to wage further war. And his current circumstance, if analyzed from human perspective coupled with a healthy dose of common sense, could very well seem hopeless.
Then it came about, when Jabin king of Hazor heard of it, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon and to the king of… 4 They came out, they and all their armies with them, as many people as the sand that is on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots. 5 So all of these kings having agreed to meet, came and encamped together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel, (11:1,4-5).
Imagine the scene… a barrage of battalions are encroaching, and if you believe there is strength in numbers, these guys appear to have a definite advantage.
Consider His Call to Trust His Tomorrows
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid because of them, for tomorrow at this time I will deliver all of them slain before Israel; you shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire,” (11:6).
Joshua chose not to believe in what he could see with his human eyes, or gauge his success based on the odds; rather he chose to believe in the Lord and answer His Call to Trust His Tomorrows.
* Trust His Tomorrows… and do not be afraid.
* Trust His Tomorrows… for He will deliver.
* Trust His Tomorrows… and you shall be triumphant.
The Lord, Who repeatedly had proven faithful, called Joshua once again to Trust His Tomorrows.
How do we respond to His Call to Trust His Tomorrows?
Do you ever wonder why there are so many tomorrows in Scripture? Why didn’t Almighty God just swoop in and rescue now… today?
Waiting for tomorrow is very often difficult. It is tempting to fixate on the conflict rather than the Conqueror, the skirmish rather than the Savior, the devastation rather than the Deliverer, the attacker rather than Almighty God, the hostility rather than our Holy Hope.
His Call to Trust His Tomorrows is His invitation, and our opportunity, to grow in our faith.
We have much to learn from Joshua’s response to His Call to Trust His Tomorrows.
- In his unfettered faith, Joshua was assured and convinced of His Tomorrow.
- Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid because of them, for tomorrow at this time I will deliver all of them slain before Israel; you shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire,” (11:6).
- Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen, (Hebrews 11:1).
- In his unobstructed obedience, Joshua not only heard but he acted, leaving nothing undone, answering His Call to Trust His Tomorrows.
- Just as the Lord had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses, (11:15).
- He said, “…blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it,” (Luke 11:26).
May we, like Joshua come to Him in unfettered faith, fully convinced of His Tomorrows
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him, (Hebrews 11:6).
May we never forget the lessons of Joshua, that we would walk in unobstructed obedience, leaving nothing undone of all He commands, as we answer His Call to Trust His Tomorrows.
But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does, (James 1:25).