“When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, ‘Are you for us, or for our adversaries?’ And he said, ‘No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.’ And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, ‘What does my lord say to his servant?‘ And the commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did so.” – Joshua 5:13-15 (ESV)
I have been particularly drawn to this passage over the past several weeks. I’ve been drawn to it for aside from being a cool story, it reveals a very serious theological implication that is often overlooked. It reveals the point that we mustn’t ask God to be on our team, we must ask to be on His. He is the Lord Almighty! Oh that we might grasp that fact and humble ourselves before Him. You see, He has His own story, a story that is far grander than any of ours could ever be. In fact, His is a story that has been unfolding since the dawn of creation. Let us seek to be part of His story, not to try to make Him part of our own. Let us seek to glorify His name in everything that we do and with every breath that we take. Because, in the end one must be on one side or the other. Which side are you on, His side or your own?