Life can get pretty crazy sometimes. We can say yes to too many things, work too many hours, stay up too late, watch too much TV, spend too much time on our phones, or get caught up in the latest Facebook or Instagram posts. Sometimes life can feel like a battle between what we want to do, what we should do, and what we actually do. Honestly, sometimes it really is a battle. We have to fight for the things that are most important, because so many things strive for our attention and time. Not everything can be the most important. Not every urgent thing is the most important thing; not every important thing is always the most urgent.
We fight these kinds of battles on a day-to-day basis, but we don’t have actual hand-to-hand battles we are engaging in. Joshua, in the book of the Bible bearing his name, is engaged in an actual combat situation. He is going up against five kings at the same time, getting ready to defend a city that was not able to defend itself. As Joshua gets prepared for this war, God speaks to him to ease some of his anxiety. Here’s what happens in Joshua 10:7-8:
So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor. And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of them shall stand before you.”
This is pretty comforting, isn’t it? You’re headed into battle and God tells you not to worry because He will deliver them into your hands, a.k.a. you will be victorious and no one will be able to beat you. Talk about a confidence booster!
Even though his confidence may be sky high and he may be feeling pretty good about the battle, he still has to go through the battle in order to experience the victory. Even though God tells him they will win, he still has to fight. I think sometimes we misunderstand things here. We are victorious in Christ when we trust and believe in Him, but even though Christ is the victor, we still have to go through the battles and temptations and struggles of every day life.
As we go through these daily battles, we can live with the realization that we are victorious in Christ. We can live in victory even when our day might feel like a loss. We can live in victory even when a day or a week or a month feels like a failure. We can live in victory even if we feel inadequate as a parent, a student, a player, a Christian. The reason we can live in victory even through these struggles is because Christ is our hope.
We may feel like a failure, a loser, or inadequate, but the reality is that Jesus Christ died to give us victory over sin and to give us the opportunity to respond in faith and receive the free gift of eternal life beginning right now. We can live in that reality and walk through any battle or challenge or struggle that comes our way.