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Sermon Summary. Sunday’s Sermon was entitled “War and Peace: God’s Promise, God’s Plan and Power, God Speaks”. The main lesson of the sermon for this text is that while we are in pursuit of and waiting on the manifestation of God’s promises in our lives, (1) we must that battles and wars will break out in our lives to deter us from the past, and (2) that God will deliver us through the battles and give us peace. In the community of faith led by Joshua, they were at war for many years and at war with many kings but – finally – they capture “all of the land.” The fullness of God’s promise had come to pass. And while they experienced war in the community that war did come to pass. And, the lands rested from the war. In the same way, as we pursue the territory God has for us to claim, we experience war. War is “a state hostility, conflict or antagonism.” We experience those things mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually within our lives. Thankfully, the Lord is there for us as he was for Joshua and that community of faith. Jesus soothes our warring frame in Matthew 11:28 . . . he tells us “Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Where there is war, over time, Christ will bring victory and Christ will bring peace. We must hang on to the promises the Lord has made even in the midst of war. We must trust that through his power and through his plan God will deliver on his promises and provide us with the peace that we seek. That “perfect peace beyond all understanding” (Philippians 4:6-7)
The Gathering of God’s Enemies. In Joshua 11:1-5 we see the enemies of God come together against God’s people and God’s plans. There is a reality of spiritual battle in the life of God’s child. Darkness does truly despise the light. (John 3:19-21)
God Delivers and God’s Battle. In verses 6-9 we see one of God’s continued reminders to Joshua and God’s people. Despite the obstacles and even apparent odds God delivers in God’s battles. God makes clear that he delivers the victory.
Scope of the Battle. Verses 16-18 describe the large territory (the “entire land”) that Joshua and the army battled in an won. Verse 18 tells us that they battled for a long time. So, the promised territory was large and the battles were many. At times, we will experience this – big promises and lots of battle as we pursue those promises.
God’s Promise, God’s Power and Plan, God’s Peace. Verse 23 closes and tells the whole story. God’s promise (the “entire land”) has come to pass. And, it was done in God’s power and according to the plan he had laid out years – even generations – before as he directed Moses. And, finally, there was peace.
We have to trust in all of these things – even in a storm/war. We must trust God’s promises, God’s power and plan, and God’s peace. He speaks of resting from war here. He also tells us to come to him when we are weary and heavy laden in Matthew 11:28. And he promises peace beyond understanding in Philippians 4:6-7. Let us pursue God for all of these things. Trusting him all the way.