Friday, December 11, 2009

God is not on our side (it's better than that).

In reading the account of the fall of Jericho, I was struck by a portion of the story that I had never noticed before. We usually start reading when Israel is marching around the wall and we assume that God was on THEIR side because the wall fell down. If we read the passage before the marching and falling, we see Joshua meeting a soldier. Joshua asks the soldier, 'are you on our side, or are you on the side of our enemy?'. The soldier's (who was an angel) response is so interesting. He says 'neither, I am on God's side'. God is not on our side. We are on His. This may seem like silly semantics, but I think the difference is critical. If we have the mindset that God is on OUR side, that means that we are the ones with the plan. We are the one calling the shots. We are the ones that must always have things go our way. He wants us on His side. His plans are much better than ours. Confusing sometimes, but always much better.

2 comments:

  1. Dave & Cathy AlmostDecember 17, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    I agree Brian! 100% we need to be on God's side and trust Him. He's got our back. His ways are higher to our ways. That should/could reduce our level of frustration in the waiting, but we feel that God takes His time and blocks our plans...but He knows better.

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  2. Thank you for reminding me of this vital truth. I think Abe (Lincoln, not Simpson) also invoked this prayer: "May we be on His side" (Shouldn't put it in quotes cause I don't have a reference but we're not being held to academic rigor...are we? :)

    Your humility is inspiring, Mark

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