Read Joshua 5 – 6
And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. Joshua 5:13-14 KJV
Joshua left camp to go for a walk. He went to look over Jericho. Apparently he was anxious about the challenge ahead. In his might it looked impossible and probably was. As Joshua gazed upon Jericho, thinking of the challenge ahead, he saw a man with his sword drawn. Joshua asked what any good soldier would, “Whose side are you on?” The answer might surprise some. This was the Captain of the Host of the Lord. We would expect the answer to have been He was on the side of Joshua, but instead, it was neither. We often assume the Lord is on our side when He is not. It is not a matter of whether He is on our side, but whether we are on His side. Here’s what Joshua was doing: he was making Jericho his battle, but this was not his battle; it was the Lord’s. We often take too much on our self and expect God to side with us. What we need to do is get on His side.
Lord, how presumptuous of me to think of you as being on my side. Instead of thinking in such terms, help me think as Joshua needed to think. There are only two sides: yours, and the wrong side. Help me make sure I am always on your side.