Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in from of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"
"Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come."
Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for His servant?"
The commander of the Lord's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy."
And so Joshua did.
Joshua 5: 13-15
Are You for us or against us? For us or for our adversaries? For us or for our enemies?
We ask this one way or another every time we pray for a certain outcome in a sporting event, a job interview, a political election. And yes, I do believe in our wholly Sovereign God when I write such words. The context of Joshua's conversation with the Commander of the Lord's army was Joshua's literal marching orders around Jericho. Clearly God intended a certain outcome.
However, the reality is He is also as far above us as we are above a gnat (as CS Lewis would say). He's God. It is our calling--our job, if you will--to follow Him, not His to follow us. Ours to do His will, not His to do ours. As commander of His army He comes and it is ours to fall on our face, take off our shoes and recognize that we are in the presence of Holiness itself that He chooses to come to us. We do well to remember such words this week. Any week.
Because here's the amazing truth--He comes. To each of us. Here and now, He has come. He is in the process of coming. It's a present tense on-going verb. He lives in each of us, breathes in us, whispers to us, and IS. He is. That's the awesome reality of this day. Take off your shoes, throw yourself before Him and listen. He will come...and give you marching orders.
"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Isaiah 30: 21
"Today, if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts."
This is the word of the Lord.
Praise be to God.