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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Faith in the Enemy or God (Joshua 17)

Can you think of a time when you were facing an enemy that caused you to be filled with worry and anxiety?

Maybe that time is now with all that is going on in our world today.

When Caleb in Joshua 14:12-15 was faced with such an enemy, he trusted God, took the gifts God gave him, and moved ahead to fulfill God’s plan.

Joshua 14:14 Therefore, Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite until this day, because he followed the Lord God of Israel fully.

However, the two tribes of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, had more faith in the enemy than they had in God. So even though God gave them a plentiful land, they were afraid to move ahead fulfilling God's plan for them by driving the Canaanites and their pagan gods out and taking full possession of the Promised Land.

Joshua 17:16 The sons of Joseph said, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the valley land have chariots of iron, both those who are in Beth-shean and its towns and those who are in the valley of Jezreel.

Their failure to trust God and drive the Canaanites and their pagan gods from the land caused problems for the Israelites to this day. It's amazing how long the consequences of not trusting God can last. But it's even more amazing how abundant His blessings can be when we trust God and keep moving ahead to fulfill the plan He puts before us.

We will be easily defeated when we have more confidence in the enemy than we have in God.

Dear Lord, When I can clearly see the vast chariots of iron in the army of the enemy, let me remember Your chariots of fire are surrounding me and go before me. I just need to keep trusting in You and moving ahead to fulfill the plan You have called me to until You take me home. And oh what a comfort it is Lord to know that before the chariots of iron of the enemy are assembled, You will appear to rescue us from the wrath that is to come.

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