“So they went out, they and all their armies with them, as many people as the sand that is on the seashore in multitude, with very many horses and chariots. And when all these kings had met together, they came and camped together at the waters of Merom to fight against Israel.”
As Joshua and the armies of Israel began to have success in battle, it was not long before they are ganged up on. At least fifteen kingdoms, from throughout northern Canaan, joined forces to attack Israel. These combined forces, no doubt, greatly outnumber Israel; they are described as being like the sand on the sea shore in number (Joshua 11:4). Not only were Joshua’s forces outnumbered, but the Canaanites also had the advantage of knowing the terrain. All seemed hopeless for Israel, until they clung to the promises of God. As this chapter unfolds, we read of a series of decisive victories of the people of God.
Once we begin to make some headway in our relationship with the Lord, it is very common for us to experience a heightened level of spiritual warfare. As long as we are living relatively ineffective lives, we are not much of a target for the enemy. When we determine to live committed to Christ, and to impact others for the Kingdom, we often find, with that commitment, comes some warfare. Sometimes, this warfare can feel like we are being ganged up on. It may seem like we are being hit by wave after wave of attack. The kids get sick, the car breaks down, you get a nasty letter in the mail, and the AC goes out, all before breakfast. We can begin to wonder what is happening to us.
“But the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid because of them, for tomorrow about this time I will deliver all of them slain before Israel…’”
In the midst of the attack and their confusion, they were met face to face with the promises of God. He promised to provide them with victory and deliverance from their trials. Whenever we are facing spiritual warfare, it is critical that we learn to cling to the promises of God. Paul declared the Word is like a spiritual sword designed to give victory in battle (Ephesians 6:17). If you are being ganged up on, grab hold of the Word and cling to it’s promises.