Neither

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Joshua 5-7; Psalm 104

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Joshua 5:13
And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”

REFLECT
It was indeed strange that Joshua did not recognize the One who stood before him. Had he not by now gotten acquainted with the Presence of God? Maybe not. Or maybe it was intentionally kept from his perception. Nevertheless, Joshua recognized that this was a man of authority, or he would not have bowed down immediately upon the man’s declaration as “Commander”. But why the question – “are you for us, or our enemies”? Would one more person with a drawn sword matter? I think so, especially if that person was about to bring you the Word of God.

RELATE
Lord, are you for me, or my enemies? This question seems dumb, and the answer obvious. Why would God not be for me, His beloved child? Maybe we sometimes look at our enemies and see them more blessed than ourselves. Perhaps the difficult situation we are in right now make it seem like God has stopped fighting for us. Lord, are you for me, or against me? You sent Your Son to die for me … how can You be against me? Perhaps I should focus less on my own troubles, and more on Your goodness and glory. Like Joshua, I should listen carefully to the Commander’s reply regarding who he was for. “Neither”. (Jos 5:14)

REST
Lord, help me to realize that Your purposes are greater than all my pain.

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