2 Samuel 10
“Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight.” (Verse 12)
Imagine setting out for a battle and finding that your enemy has drawn battle lines both in front of you and behind you. You’re surrounded.
The Lord will do what is good in his sight.
Joab isn’t a name that’s chosen for babies because of the strength of its biblical namesake, but he makes a powerful statement of faith in those ten little words.
What if I faced every challenge with that mindset? “I will be strong, fight bravely for the cause of Christ. And the Lord will do what is good in his sight.”
Does that change the way I attack my work outside the home? Does it change the way I approach ministry? Does it alter my methods as a missionary? Does it impact the way I parent my kids?
2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us, “God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled.”
God calls us to act with boldness, not fear. We are to seek His will, but then step forward in confidence that He will do what is good in His sight. Faith demands that we trust Him to do that. But fear keeps us from fully believing it. It stops us from acting on it. It makes us wishy-washy and indecisive. It makes us waver between a multitude of options, uncertain which strategy will be most effective, which words are the right ones for this situation, which path will bring us to our goal?
But faith in God doesn’t worry about any of that.
Faith in God seeks His will for THIS step and trusts that if we seek His will for EACH step, it will lead, not necessarily to my goal, but to His. And it trusts that will be better than any goal I might have set.