The question of whose side you’re on

We’re all about “taking sides” these days. We’re all about shouting and opposing and demanding, “You have to be on my side all the way or you’re just my enemy.”

In the Book of Joshua, as they get ready to take on Jericho, Joshua has a vision of a man standing in front of him, sword drawn.

13 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?”

14 “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?”

15 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. (Josh. 5:13-15, NIV)

The question isn’t about “Whose side are you on?”

The question is this: “Am I on the Lord’s side?”



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