by Sheri Schofield
“For with God, nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37, KJV
If you could point to one year in your life and say, “I was created for that year”, what would that time look like? For me, it was the year I fought to save my husband’s life. The battle took me to the Pentagon, Congress, National Security, The President of the United States, Gannett News Services and ABC’s 20/20 program.
Not once during that year did I feel adequate for the task! Yet, God went before me. Almost everything I had experienced in life until then had prepared me for that struggle. In the end, I won. My husband was freed. A law was passed, named after him, to prevent that particular injustice.
I sometimes wonder what would have happened if I had said “no” to the battle challenge. I truly did not feel adequate! I was small, with a child-like voice. I was not qualified – in myself – to fight that battle. But I had God, and He was enough.
Are you facing some huge battle? A giant in your path?
The nation of Israel faced giants once. Israel was on the verge of great success and fulfillment. God had rescued the nation through Moses, parting the Red Sea for them to cross. Moses guided them to Mt. Sinai to learn about this one, true God. For a year, God provided manna from heaven for their food in the desert. He brought water from a rock. He provided all their needs as they learned about him.
Not long after they left Egypt, the Amalekites attacked them. Joshua led Israel in battle. While Moses raised his hands toward heaven and prayed, Joshua gained ground. When Moses’ arms tired and his hands fell, Joshua lost ground. So Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands until Joshua won, demonstrating that in God alone would power and victory lie.
Now Israel stood at the entrance to Canaan, the Promised Land. Moses sent twelve spies to gather information about it. They all came back with fabulous reports about the abundance and fertility of Canaan. But ten of the spies said, “The inhabitants are giants! In their eyes, we are like grasshoppers! We cannot conquer them.” But Joshua and Caleb, remembering the power God had shown, said, “Of course we can beat them! We’ve got GOD on our side!”
But Israel chose to follow the ten who did not trust God, resulting in God’s sending them back into the wilderness for forty years, until everyone who had refused to believe God had died. Only Joshua and Caleb remained. Those two great military men who believed God led Israel into the Promised Land. They alone of their generation saw the promise fulfilled.
Sometimes it is easier to do nothing rather than go into battle. Most people do. But not the Calebs and Joshuas! They gear up for battle, trust God for victory, and do the impossible. They become giant-slayers! They are victorious!
You can be a giant-slayer, too. We are here to establish a beachhead for the kingdom of God, for the return of Christ. Trust the Captain of our souls! It is our Captain who tells us, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19, KJV) You can win – in God’s power.
About the author: Children’s ministry veteran Sheri Schofield was unexpectedly called on to save her husband’s life, a battle that took her to the Pentagon, Congress, National Security and the President of the United States. At her website, www.SheriSchofield.com, she shares this journey in her book One Step Ahead of the Devil then continues her ministry with the children’s book The Prince And The Plan.
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