from Lynda Lindsey
The Lord was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains because they had iron chariots. Judges 1:19
Scripture tells us many times over that the Lord our God is with us. He fights our battles for us. God goes before us, leading us on our way. God hems us in behind just as a loving shepherd rounds up the straggling sheep. The Israelites had been told numerous times to be diligent, to be careful, to be very careful, to obey the Lord God. Moses and Joshua warned the Israelites to obey God fully, to turn neither to the right or the left, to obey all that the Lord commanded. And yet, the Israelites, for a variety of reasons, failed to obey.
Perhaps the Israelites were weary from fighting. The battle went well for them in the hills where the enemy’s iron chariots couldn’t maneuver well. But the fight on the plains where the iron chariots could easily crush the Israelite foot soldiers was a different matter entirely. And yet. And yet. The Lord was with the men of Judah. The Lord told the fighting men to take the Promised Land. The people had seen God pull off victories that from a human standpoint were impossible. Perhaps they thought the losses in battle were too costly. Perhaps the Israelites just decided to think up a better plan themselves.
Bottom line: they just didn’t obey God. They didn’t fully take possession of the land. Would men have died in battle? Yes. God never told the Israelites that every fighting man would return home alive after the conflicts. God did say that He was with His men and that He would prevail. What battle are you fighting? Are you in the hills or fully exposed on the plain? Regardless, the Lord our God is with us. The battle is His. We may bear scars, we may even perish, but the victory is the Lord’s. Disobedience is serious and costly. Choose this day to serve the Lord fully and obediently. He’s worth it!