In my Bible-In-A-Year reading this morning I was in the book of Deuteronomy. The first section heading caught my eye right away; it was called “Going to War.” How relevant. In this section Moses was reminding the Israelites that they would never be alone in battle, God would always go before them. While my friend’s husband is facing a battle over seas, she’s facing a battle on this side of the ocean as well, that of loneliness. The months ahead won’t be easier to her, but I hope these words found in Deuteronomy will be an encouragement to her as much as they are to me:
“When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. He shall say: ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted 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 victory.’" (Deuteronomy 20:1-4 NIV).
When we trust in God, he gives us victory in things big and small. He gives us the strength to face the unknowns of each and everyday. With more troops being sent overseas in the coming months, I don’t know what the future will hold for my husband. He may very well be sent as well. Knowing this, I claim hold of the promise that God is big enough to be on both sides of the ocean at once.
Today my prayer is for those fighting overseas, that they will truly feel the presence of God in these violent times.