Yesterday I mentioned Deuteronomy 32:30, an often misquoted text that is actually about war, not prayer:
How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?
Here it is again in Joshua 23:10:
One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
We are not sending 1,000 angels to war for us; on the contrary, we are scattering a thousand enemies. This is actually a recurring theme in the Bible. Abraham’s small army saves Lot with no casualties. The Israelites take Jericho. David slays Goliath. With God on their side, the sons of Israel are unstoppable.
There is, however, another theme in the Old Testament that is not so glorious, and that is the utter defeat of Israel every time they stray from obedience to God. Wandering in the Wilderness, Babylonian Captivity, destruction of the Temple, etc.
Looking at the history of old Israel, what’s common is that Israel always had struggles. There was always an enemy to be defeated, whether it be an opposing king, bad weather, or jealous infighting. The difference was whether or not Israel would give its problem over to God.
God Himself told Solomon that the difference between victory and defeat would be for the nation to humble itself, pray, and seek the face of God. Not the fighting, not the arguing, not declaring who’s wrong and why. Humility before the throne of God, and the obedience to allow Him to fight the battle.
How does this relate to you right now? I know when my husband left me, I was angry at God. I still trusted Him, but I couldn’t stop myself from asking why He would allow this. It took a while for me to realize that it was I who wasn’t allowing God to help me. For all the fighting and praying and hoping, I had not stopped, stilled my spirit, and humbled myself before God, walking in His obedience and power. When I finally gave control to God, things started to happen. I also realized I’d been fighting the wrong battles…
Your spouse is not your enemy. He/she never was. You are still fighting the same enemy, but your army has been divided. Now is the time. Humble yourself. Seek the throne room of God. Walk in His light. Allow God to scatter the army of the real enemy so that you can focus on building your nation.