Well, once in awhile something in the Bible really gets to me; not in the upset way, but the haunting, don’t let me sleep well kind of way. Such is it lately with the following verses from Joshua:
Joshua 5:13-14 – Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front 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?”
It seems I ask that question a lot about people and organizations. Are you for me, or against me? It’s wrecking me that the “commander of the army of the LORD” wasn’t there to take a side, but to represent the Father. That is where I should be also. How many times, whether in politics, religion, or just with friends, do I go into a situation with prejudice, always wanting to and forcing others to take sides?
Unfortunately, this mindset also makes it into friend and family relationships. I find myself thinking, “you’re with me, or against me,” which is probably not the case at all. Oh that I could get to this point where I step off my soap box and realize that as a representative of God, it is not always my duty to demand friend or foe.
The general here said, “I don’t take sides, I obey God.” Unfortunately in this case, Jericho was on God’s hit list of cities to bury. As I go forward, I need to remember to ask God what I need to do in a situation instead of drawing my own line in the sand. Who knows, maybe instead of throwing stones, He’ll ask me to tell them, “Go and sin no more.”