“Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave and bring those five kings out to me.” So they brought the five kings out of the cave—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon. When they had brought these kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, “Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks. Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.”” Joshua 10:22-25
The Israelites had just taken Ammorite kings from their hiding in the cave at Makkedah as prisoners. Verse 25 of Joshua 10 is when Joshua is telling the Israelite people that they should not be afraid because the Lord will crush their enemies. The kings in this story can also represent things that try to distract us from our faith, such as sin and death, but if we stand strong and believe that the Lord cares about those who believe in him, we will be protected. Even if sometimes it feels like God has forgotten about us and that he is just letting us be harmed by our enemies and hardships of life, it is all for a purpose and he has our lives planned out. If you stay strong and courageous and don’t let the painful times influence your belief in God, you will get through your hardships and struggles, even if it takes longer than you would want it to. After Joshua told the Israelites these things, they went on to conquer many more of their enemies and after many more years, finally made it to the Promised Land.
Sophomore Lleyton Stoll
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- Psalm 16:1-2: Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”