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A Vow To Defend

By Doug Franklin May 2, 2013

When the situation seems insurmountable, it is easy to turn back. This, however, is the finest hour to be tested on your commitment to your faith in the project. The Jordan River is at flood level, yet God has ordered that Joshua and the “nation” cross it. The danger of crossing a flooded river with 2,000,000 plus people would have chased most of us back into a shelter, but Joshua took action. He knew that there was a plan to defend his people against the water and it began with them stepping into the water.

One Man’s Vow

Star Wars is a classic tale of good vs. evil. What makes it a classic is that the destiny of good is in the hands of one man. He must protect and defend the future of good. How would you live if the same was true about Christianity? What if you were the only one left on earth to defend the Kingdom of God? Would you choose to hide, or would you choose to go to battle?

You might think this is a hypothetical question, but one man in the Bible lived this life. Joshua stood alone for God when others were willing to let evil win; he stood in the river of fear and walked upstream. Goodness is found in servanthood, but greatness is uncovered in sacrifice.

Joshua took a vow to defend everything that God promised. No matter what the circumstances, no matter what the price, he stood for what God wanted. When other men saw great walls and giants, Joshua saw a fulfilled promise. Joshua, at his core, was faithful.

This slave turned warrior completed his vow to defend. He left a life for us to examine on how to accomplish the same. Combine courage, obedience, and a spirit that yields to the Lord and you have some of the ingredients, but he says you must choose. There will be times when the masses do not agree with what you know to be God’s way – don’t cave!

Choose to walk away from sin and pursue a relationship with the Creator.

Choose to serve something eternal, rather than mortal.

Choose to not be afraid.

Choose to be a servant.

Choose the only true God and worship Him on His terms.

Choose a life worth living.

It’s your choice…

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More