“1 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. 2 When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. 3 He shall say: ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. 4For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.’ 5 The officers shall say to the army: ‘Has anyone built a new house and not dedicated it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else may dedicate it. 6 Has anyone planted a vineyard and not begun to enjoy it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else enjoy it. 7 Has anyone become pledged to a woman and not married her? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else marry her.’ 8 Then the officers shall add, ‘Is any man afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his brothers will not become disheartened too.’ 9 When the officers have finished speaking to the army, they shall appoint commanders over it.” (Deuteronomy 20:1-9) (NIV)
I have no doubt in my mind that many of us are facing situations in which the solutions go beyond our understanding, beyond our abilities, beyond our knowledge and beyond our strength. Many of us find ourselves facing situations where if God literally does not intervene, we will have zero possibility of making it. The book of Deuteronomy represents the last words of Moses; these are the last instructions before Israel was to enter the Promise Land. In these verses, Moses is speaking on behalf of the Lord and the emphasis is precisely what to do when facing an enemy much stronger than them.
In watching great battle movies such as, Braveheart, Gladiator and others; it is very common to see great speeches right before a monumental battle. We can see Mr. William Wallace ending his speech by saying: “They can take our lives, but they can’t take our freedom!” The Priests, back in the days of Moses and beyond, were also instructed to give a short inspirational speech to the people right before battle. That short speech is recorded here in Deuteronomy 20:3-4. I want to take this opportunity to do something here; I want you to write your name in place of Israel and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit saying:
“Hear, O _____________, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”