When Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in His hand. Joshua approached Him and asked, “Are You for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” He replied. “I have now come as commander of the LORD’s army.” – Joshua 5:13-14
As Joshua approached Jericho, a man (who appeared to be a soldier) appeared in front of him with a sword in his hand. Naturally, Joshua (who was expecting a battle at some point) wanted to know if the guy was a friend or foe and so he just asked, “Whose side are you on?”
Don’t you just love the answer? “No ones, but God’s.”
Who was this guy? A case could be made for the pre-incarnate Christ; after-all, He accepted worship from Joshua and pronounced the ground “holy,” but then again, we are not told are we? The important point to remember is that there is always just one side that matters in a conflict … and that is God’s.
God is not FOR YOU, rather He is always FOR HIMSELF. Therefore, never ask if God is on your side, but always ask if you are on His. Joshua was on God’s side and He won the victory. If you want to win, be sure your alliances lie with the One who has never lost … and never will.
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right. – Abraham Lincoln
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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