They Took Them All In Battle (Joshua 9-11)

They took them all in battle. Joshua 20:10b

“I just don’t know how much more I can take.” The previous quote came from the lips of a true Christ-follower. Actually these were the godly words of a believer who was in the midst of the toughest of battles. Brothers and sisters, it actually was the toughest because it came at the climax of a series of battles that had been raging for a long time. As one person put it, this person was at the end of their rope.

Question: Are the battles getting to you?

If they are, I suggest this to you: Take a break from your battles.

Now I know this may seem to be an impossible task for you in the position you find yourself. I know you would like to do this, but in reality you are saying, I really don’t know how to do this! Take heart brothers and sisters, God has a way for you to take a break in your battles.

Christ followers can take a break in the most crucial part of their bodies. You and I can take a break in our minds.

In our reading for today, Joshua 9-11, we are taken back to the days when the Hebrews were told to take the Promised Land as their own. God promised to be with them if they obeyed Him in the battle. Their part was to walk forward to the battle and to engage in the battle as God directed. It was God’s part to win the battle.

Stay with me. When God gave the Hebrews victory, He reminded them of this truth:

20 For it was the Lord’s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the Lord commanded Moses.

Brothers and sisters, did you see it in Vs: 20? It was the Lord’s doing that they were engaging in battles. Here brothers and sisters is your mind resting moment:

There are some truths you cannot know outside of the battle.

In the battle the Hebrew people came to understand the following:

  • The beauty of true victory in God.
  • The truth of who God is in the deep end of the battle.
  • The joy of obedience.
  • The closeness of God in ones life.

These things can only be understood in the heat of battle. Brothers and sisters, I have learned that I can rest my mind each night knowing God has all-things under His control and in His purpose.

Some nights I cry out to God:

  • I know You have your hand all over my battles.
  • I know You will see me through my battles.
  • I know through You I can do all things.

Here is a resting from your battle verse:

 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. I Cor. 10:13

2 Questions:

  1. Why are you so tired today?
  2. How can Joshua’s example help you to rest tonight?

One Response to “They Took Them All In Battle (Joshua 9-11)”

  1. Askew, David B CIV USARMY FCOE (USA) Says:


    Right there with you my brother.

    In the midst of battle
    Psalm 56:9
    When I cry out to You, then my enemies will back; this I know, because God is for me.

    and Psalm 56:11
    In God I have put my trust, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

    Thanks for this Continued Work!
    Bro. Dave

    Mr. David B. Askew
    Deputy G1/G4
    Fires Center of Excellence

    COMM (580) 442-3785
    Cell (912) 492-0108

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