Deuteronomy 20

Deuteronomy 20:1-20

SUMMARYWalk confidently

OVERVIEW: Moses Instructs Israel in its “rules of engagement” for war, including reasons to not fear as well as reasons one might defer their service.

BIG IDEAWalk by faith and not by sight.

KEY VERSEDeuteronomy 20:3–4 (Priest to Israel)
Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.

Always seek peace with others. When you have a disagreement or someone has offended you, look for opportunities to mend the relationship. Be patient and take time to invest in others so that you and all observing can witness my love and power. There is no greater power than my love when people surrender to my will.

However, if you have done everything possible and peace does not appear to be an option, turn to me for wisdom and strength. Wait on me and follow my direction. Go forward with the knowledge and confidence that I am with you. You do not have to be afraid or anxious. There’s no need to panic. Instead, take slow deep breaths and pray. Remind yourself that I am with you and will provide all you need. I will defend you and fight your battle. Don’t run ahead of me, and don’t ignore my directions. Walk with me each step of the way.

Before responding in anger, stop and pray, and ask God how he would like you to respond. Then, seek encouragement, direction, and prayer from friends and others you respect.


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