This is the Year of Conquest, except it is nearly noon with the sun almost directly overhead on 2011, and I wonder exactly what “conquesting” has been going on.
I think of women I admire who live from the outflow of their promised lands. Oh, it’s good! It’s rich and I thirst for more and these women have found their inheritance and settled down in it, their lives both testimonies and invitations for each of us: Conquest!
It’s everything I’ve ever wanted.
I’m moved to ask Him about my promised land. I can taste it. I can see it. But there remains so much land to be conquered.
He reminds me of Joshua. Before Jericho, before that first conquest, before God’s people inched their way into their land of promise bit by bit, before all of that, Joshua found his proper posture.
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”
The commander of the LORD’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
His words to me, “I’ve had to reinforce that I’m the One who leads you in victory, my child. Because unbelief in Me is as damning as rebellion.”
Could it be that there is Someone looking out for my best interests even more than I look out for them?
Could it be, in fact, that I don’t have to look out for my best interests anymore at all because Someone else is and that Someone is named Faithful and True and He never, ever changes and He is perfect in wisdom and absolutely sovereign and will never leave me or forsake me and all He asks is that I trust Him?
Could it all be gloriously true?
Could it be that accepting each moment of each day as it comes with a “Yes, Lord” is in fact holy ground? This submission of Joshua becomes ours through our “Yes, Lord”…and submission is intermingled with the giving up of looking out for one’s self. This is what He has been teaching me the morning of 2011?
Awe rises even as knees bend…Face in soil is about recognizing all the goodness and glory that avails Himself to us. It is nothing but a lie that says we have to make our own way, rush ahead and hope God will back us.
All I’ve ever really wanted, well, the Commander withholds no good thing. For some wild, passionate reason, He is here to grant me every truly good thing, to tell me how to enter in, to lead me step by step in the conquest.To be Shepherd and Guide and Victor who shares the spoils with me.
Will I but trust Him? Will I but trust He is that good? To the point of lowering head?
Will I have the eyes of faith when I look at a disruptive child or an empty bank account, or an unpleasant confrontation?
It is the posture to adopt, when you follow the Commander.
Face in soil.
Only with face in soil was Joshua prepared for conquest.
Face in soil reminds us that He is here to do for us and with us what we want so desperately bad but cannot do for ourselves, and since that is the case, we can embrace whatever moments He dishes out.
Joshua faced some grueling days, some sleepless nights, some hunger and thirst, some tricky enemies, some physical and mental stress beyond human capacity.
But he could do it because he’d put face to soil and in that holy place knew Captain was for him, with him, and completely and utterly trustworthy.
What a God who goes before us!