“For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do- to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him- then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.” Deuteronomy 11: 22-23
Taking care to serve the Lord with our whole hearts, loving him with all our souls, cleaving to Him, we meet the conditions for the Lord to cast out opposing nations from our midst. We may quickly interject that we have not adhered to the commandments with perfection, which is why the blood of Jesus is applied to the text and the conditions remain. It is imperative that the “then” is acknowledged. We must be cognizant of the fact that God has made us promises with contingencies. Often, we may feel that God didn’t keep His promise, but sometimes we have not met the requirements just yet. Also, it is significant to note that it is the Lord that is “driving” out the enemies not us in this case. Sometimes the battle is not ours to fight but to witness. Our adversaries will dread us because of the Lord fighting on our behalf. Deuteronomy 11:23 highlights that the nations are more advanced than we, but because of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies fighting for us we win.
Our job in this battle is not to gawk at the strength of our opponents and become intimidated. Nor are we to try to fight them on with our own strength. Our primary task is to love, serve, obey, and trust God. What a way to win a battle! In Deuteronomy 11:24 we see the spoils of our obedience. Our footprint becomes the bookmark for our territory. Have you ever begun a journey somewhere only to encounter strong opposition and rejection from people? Knowing that the Lord is fighting for you, there is no need to grow anxious, afraid, intimidated, or angry. Simply plant your feet and continue serving God with your whole heart and watch your victory unfold. What often happens in these situations is we realize that we are outnumbered or notice the overwhelming strength of the adversary and we run never planting the sole of our foot. But per the Word of God, even in the wilderness, we have victory all the way to the great river.
“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall b yours: from the wilderness to and the Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory.” Deuteronomy 11:24
With this information, my focus shifts from my enemies to my territory. Am I where God wants me to be? Have I met the conditions to establish my terrain with the soles of my feet? What is in my way? Do I need to be more consistent with my praise, worship, study, devotions? Are there parts of my heart that are off limits to God? Since my victory is in my relationship with God and not in my ability, how can I strengthen my relationship?
Lord, may we love You more each day. Teach us to cling to you. Give us the earnest yearning for righteousness, then we will know the inexpressible joy of dispossessing nations mightier than ourselves, as wherever we tread our feet it is ours, in the matchless name Jesus, Amen.
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