Do you ever remember playing tug of war when you were little? Well, in recent months, I decided as a grown adult, to indulge in a game while attending a camp. I figured, “Hey, why not”, plus I’m older and stronger now, so this should be interesting. Needless to say, I realized that tug of war isn’t for the week or wimps. It requires a lot of determination, extra hands, and just when you want to let go of that rope and go get a snow cone, you gotta stay the course and help your friends pull in that win. Life is often like that is so many ways.
Joshua found himself in a similar situation, leading out in a war. God told Joshua to hold out his sword toward the City of Ai, and the COI army that lay in hiding, waiting to ambush the city of Ai. When they saw that sword point toward the city, they went for the attack. Now, the initial attack I believe is full of excitement and adrenaline. You know, when you first head out, you feel so on it! They had been waiting for the call to “GO”. But, sometimes the going is great in the beginning, but staying the course till the end and fighting until the job is done, is another thing. We live in a time where fighting through the tough times has been discouraged and thought of as week. But, in Joshua 8:26 it says that, “Joshua kept holding out his curved sword until Israel had annihilated all who lived in Ai.“.
It seems like an easy job right? But, those swords were not light weight. Made of heavy metal and required STAMINA and determination. He held that sword out until the job was done. While the soldiers are fighting, they also kept their eye on that sword, because it was the determining factor to when they had completed their mission. They learned from previous mistakes to follow directives, and complete the goal, stay focused, don’t get distracted and pull through.
Joshua had learned from the best, that while in batter, it’s important to never let down your sword. Moses taught him how to stay the course. He also learned that when the sword get’s too heavy, ask for help. In Exodus 17, Moses needed others to help him hold his hands up, or else the COI would loose the war.
Perhaps you feel overwhelmed with trying to hold up your marriage, your children, your job, your schooling, or perhaps your faith. But, remember, letting down the sword, can cause the entire course of action to fall apart. So, when you feel overwhelmed, broken, and unable to continue this battle, reach out to God and ask him for a SWORD exchange. He is wanting to fight for you. Sometimes that may include Him sending others to help you as well.
Matthew 11:29-30, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”