Morning by Morning, May 13 - The "Commander of the Army of the Lord"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. You are the King of kings and Lord of lords, the King of the Kingdom of God. Come rule and reign in my heart and throughout the moments of my day. ...
"Once when Joshua was by Jericho, he looked up and saw a Man standing before him with a drawn sword in His hand. Joshua went to Him and said to Him, "Are You one of us, or one of our adversaries?' He replied, 'Neither; but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.' And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and he said to Him, 'What do You command Your servant, my Lord?' The Commander of the army of the Lord said to Joshua, 'Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy.' And Joshua did so" (Joshua 5:13-15).
Lord Jesus, You are the Commander of the army of the Lord. You are the Holy One and wherever You stand is holy ground. Like Joshua, we are to fall on our faces in Your Presence and bow down in our hearts in worship, removing the shoes from our feet as the soil of our sin in the holy Presence of our holy God. And then, when we can speak, we are to seek Your guidance and Your command.
You appeared to Moses as a Flame of Fire in the burning bush before You would lead him and Your people through the wilderness as a Pillar of Fire (Exodus 3:2). And now You appeared to Joshua as the Commander of the army of the Lord before You would lead him and Your people into the possession of the land of their inheritance as their victorious Leader and courageous Commander. As You commanded both Moses and Joshua to remove their shoes on the holy ground where You came to meet them, You assured both Moses and Joshua that Your very Presence would be with them in their journey (Exodus 3:12).
You are all always all we need. You are the One who "fills all in all" (Ephesians 1:22). You encouraged Joshua through the voice of Moses, "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed" (Deuteronomy 31:8). And You encourage each one of us-through Your Word, through Your Voice, and through those You bring into our lives-to know that You've already gone before us, that You'll always be with us, that You'll be all we need in whatever battles we'll face along whatever journey we're on.
You are our Holy Fire of the Presence of God and You are our courageous Commander of the army of the Lord. You are our All in All. So we need not fear or be dismayed, but rather "be strong and very courageous" in the ever-abiding Presence of our God (Joshua 1:6). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, I pray you will be strong and very courageous, as the Lord always reminds You of His Presence and leads you into your inheritance. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!