Text: Joshua 10-12; Psalm 55
These Joshua chapters are swift and violent, and portray the lightning warfare of the Israelite conquest of the promised land. Chapter 11 ends with the words, “and the land had rest from war.” The other side of a season of war is safety, peace and rest for God’s people. It is as true today as it was then. The verse that caught my attention comes as the account of the campaign begins – Joshua 10:7;
“So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor.”
That last phrase “all the mighty men of valor” makes me think. Maybe it is my military background. But I wonder, am I a mighty man of valor? “Valor” – now that’s a great word, one we don’t use enough. It brings together the ideas of bravery and also of value, worth. A man of valor not only stands firm and with courage, but is also driven by a commitment to that which is worthy.
In Revelation 21:8 there is a list of the sorts of folks who will find themselves cast into the lake of fire. First listed are “the cowardly.”
Lord, protect us from cowardice, and if we have been there, have mercy on us. As we gaze out upon the landscape around us, as we see the ways of the lost world we inhabit, it seems likely we will need heavenly valor, and need it soon. Lord, may you give us what we need to be mighty ones of valor. Amen.
in Him, Mike