The Daily Word: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. – Ex. 17:13
Joshua defeated Israel’s enemies with the edge of the sword. But Israel only prevailed when “Moses held up his hand” and prayed (v 11). One man fought, and the other man prayed. So who won the victory, Moses or Joshua? Whose role was more valuable when all was said and done?
Both men’s roles were equally important. Why? Because without either man’s role – Joshua as a warrior and Moses as an intercessor – Israel would have perished. God’s people would have fallen! We learn several lessons here.
First, we have to work together. The Church – the body of Christ – can do so much more when we work together. What if local churches actually met and formed a cohesive vision for their city, without worrying about who gained more members or where their tithes and offerings would go? We can do so much more together than we can alone.
Second, don’t despise your role. What if Moses had felt like praying wasn’t enough? What if he had grabbed his sword and charged into battle? Israel would have fallen. God has a purpose behind what He has called you to do. Your specific mission is significant. It is enough!
Third, don’t discount the roles of others. God has a plan and a purpose for everyone. Joshua didn’t get mad our jealous that Moses didn’t have to fight in the battle. Moses was, in fact, warring; but in the spiritual realm instead of the physical. Both are just as dangerous, and both are just as necessary.
It doesn’t matter what your calling looks like compared to someone else’s. Simply do what God has called you to do, because His promise is that He has a plan and a purpose through it all.
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. – 1 Cor. 12:4-6
Father, I know you call all of us to different battlefields. Help me to know my portion. Help me to embrace it! Help me to never lust after the life and calling of someone else. You made me on purpose, and I am so grateful, in Jesus’ name.
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