Did you wake up today planning to battle five kings? Probably not. But homeschooling parents stare into the face of the enemy on a daily basis. Maybe for some, the battle looks like a little one who refuses to pick up their pencil and get to work or maybe it’s that nagging feeling that you’re not “enough” when it comes to teaching your children at home.
Maybe today you have your sword drawn to that whisper of comparison. Doesn’t it seem as though everyone is doing a better job at this homeschool calling than you are? Maybe the daily tasks at home are piling up and laundry and dishwashing won out over your focused attention on homeschooling.
The Gibeonites, were a mighty people. Their surrender to Israel was not due to weakness. They committed to loving and honoring the same God of the Israelites. So when they were faced with battle, they cried out for help from the Israelites and Joshua.
They might have expected Joshua to refuse to come to their aid. But Joshua had made them a promise. He promised to let the Gibeonites live, despite their deception. Not only did Joshua refuse to take their lives, he would also not stand idly by and allow these five kings to destroy them.
Just as the Gibeonites called out to Joshua, Christ stands in the gap for us today. He knows the battle that is waiting for us just around the corner. He is prepared to step in and fight and protect us, despite our shortcomings. On the days were we feel lack, He is our plenty. Just as Joshua stood with the Gibeonites, you can step out into whatever today holds for you with Jesus at the ready, right beside you. Joshua walked with confidence and defeated those who came against the Gibeonites. Scripture tells us he walked in confidence because God had already given his enemies over to him.
Don’t walk in fear today. Walk in the confidence that the Lord has called you to this homeschooling journey. Joshua walked in victory over all of these kings and their countries. Why? Because God was fighting for Israel, just as He fights for us. God gave Joshua all the daylight he needed to defeat his enemies. Take the daylight God gives you today and fight whatever battles come your way.
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