What are the terms for God? In Joshua 5 we read of Joshua learning a very valuable lesson, God does not work on human terms. On the eve before the battle of Jericho, Joshua saw an awesome and threatening stranger with a drawn sword in the field and asked a simple question of Him in verse 13, “are you for us or are you against us”.
This awesome stranger revealed who He was in Joshua 5:14 with His answer which was a clear “No”, that He was the Commander of the Lord’s Army, God Himself, the 2nd of the Trinity (Jesus Christ) who is often seen as the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament has labeled Himself here as the Commander.
His answer was No to Joshua meaning what? That God will not bow down to human terms. He was not saying He wasn’t going to be with Joshua, He already promised Joshua He would when He anointed him to bring the children of Israel into the Promised Land.
So God’s answer to Joshua was “No” meaning the terms of the coming battle for Jericho would not be Joshua’s, they would be the Lord’s, He showed Himself as the Commander. In Joshua 6 we see what happened, Joshua and the Israelites took direction from the Commander, they marched around Jericho, they blew trumpets, and did exactly what they were told and Jericho fell into their hands, a quick, decisive, and complete victory!
Too often when we face life’s battles, we want to use God as some sort of advisor instead of our Commander. We call on Him to be with us and consult instead of asking God as Joshua did in Joshua 5:14 “what does my Lord say to His servant”. Meaning God as the Commander calls the shots through His word, not you telling God your terms which God must conform to.
If you ask God with terms dictated to Him, such as “God I have this all worked out, just sign off on this please and be with me”, your answer from Him will always be NO! Again, this is readily done without even knowing it sometimes. We live our lives without a Commander, but view God as always signing off on the terms we are choosing.
God does NOT work that way. A Commander does not have terms given to Him, He gives the terms. You follow, you don’t lead Him, He leads you. And sometimes the directions He gives will make you quite uneasy. Maybe it is having to forgive an enemy without a condition. Maybe it having to be patient and see the Lord’s work. Maybe it is leaving a relationship, a job, a state, with that inner voice being led by God.
Sometimes God will test our faith in order for us to GROW in that faith! Anxiety will quickly leave if you trust in God as your Commander, your Supreme General, your everything! The Creator of the Universe calling the plays in your life never fails!
This week evaluate your relationship and prayers to God. Always remember WHO you are speaking to and what you are asking. Never give terms to God, listen to His terms. Unsure about His terms? Immerse yourself in the word of God, seek out other Christians who can guide you.
The terms are God’s! He does not work in a cooperative political environment as MANY world religions seem to preach, that the terms are always given to Him to be signed off on by Him. Don’t be fooled by these religions, God’s answer is always “No” when He is not seen as or followed as the Sovereign Commander and Ruler.
He alone is the Commander and now He has come! Trust in Him, allow Him to lead you in your battles, you will always be victorious!
The Commander of the Army of the Lord
Joshua 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” 14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” 15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.