Last week’s events in Charlottesville have been sad and disturbing on many levels. But one of the things I noticed was how people on both sides of the conflict assumed that God was on their side. I guess that shouldn’t be surprising. Most people have always believed that in some fashion God is on their side. Most of the wars our country has been in are between peoples who both believed God was on their side. Even in our personal problems/disagreements, we generally assume that God is on our side and expect Him to resolve things in a way that is advantageous to us; and then become rather unhappy with God when He fails to do that. I think it is part of our sinful nature to assume that we are always right and that therefore God must be on our side.
This week as we look at Joshua 5:13-15 we discover some troubling truths. God reveals himself to Joshua in such a way that it removes any question as to whose side God is on, and the answer is one that none of us particularly want to hear. It’s just a few verses so read them carefully a couple of times and consider the following questions:
1. Who is in charge of my life?
2. What should my heart response be to this?
3. What does Jesus actually want from my life?
4. What needs to change in me if I am going to live the life Jesus wants me to live?