“Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered together and went up, they and all their armies, and camped before Gibeon and made war against it.”
Joshua, Chapter 10, describes a great battle, where five nations join ranks to come against the Gibeonites, who had made an allegiance with the people of God. The battle that rages is driven by a group of people who are outraged against those who have chosen to ally themselves with Israel, and be a part of the furtherance of the kingdom of God. While there may be political applications from this story, I think we would benefit greatly from some of the personal ones.
First off, there was great cost involved with becoming a follower of God. Sadly,we find today, like in Joshua’s day, some people are attacked for no other reason than deciding to follow Christ. Perhaps, you have experienced it. Perhaps, you have found that people who were once your friends, no longer want anything to do with you. Not because of anything you have done, but just because you have chosen to follow Jesus. They may have even attacked your character, and thrown a barrage of accusations against you. Often, these attacks are triggered by a misunderstanding of Christianity that stems from buying into everything they hear on the news, or from others. In other cases, they are driven by a hostility owing to a bad experience that transpired sometime in their past, and they blame God. Whatever the case, Christians are often under attack, and it is important to see our attackers, not as the enemy, but as the mission field.
Second, I think it is worth noting, Gibeon not only experienced attack, but they also experienced aid. As soon as the kings began their attack on the city, the armies of Israel were unleashed to come to their aid, and ensure their victory. What a perfect illustration of what is true of the child of God today. In response to whatever attacks we might find ourselves under, the Bible teaches that all the hosts of heaven are “ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14). Paul spoke of the fact that God will always lead us in triumph and that we are “more than conquerors” through Christ (Romans 8:37). When you are feeling under attack because you are following Christ, remember, He wants to come to your aid and ensure your victory. Keep in mind, the victory includes influencing others to join you as you walk with Jesus.