Many, even most of us, may not face real warfare directly. None the less we can learn a lot from the laws of warfare in Deuteronomy 20. To begin with it reminds us not only to trust in the Lord during warfare, but also to live our lives with Him the right way when we are not in war (e.g. such as dedicating our home to Him).
Laws of Warfare
1“When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you. 2“When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall come near and speak to the people. 3“He shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, 4for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’ 5“The officers also shall speak to the people, saying, ‘Who is the man that has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and another man would dedicate it. 6‘Who is the man that has planted a vineyard and has not begun to use its fruit? Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and another man would begin to use its fruit. 7‘And who is the man that is engaged to a woman and has not married her? Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and another man would marry her.’ 8“Then the officers shall speak further to the people and say, ‘Who is the man that is afraid and fainthearted? Let him depart and return to his house, so that he might not make his brothers’ hearts melt like his heart.’ 9“When the officers have finished speaking to the people, they shall appoint commanders of armies at the head of the people.
When we trust in the Lord, we see we are also instructed to consider and care for those going to war. It is not a desperate pursuit of every possible man to carry arms, because we are trusting in the Lord. There are some who are sent home to take care of important business, lest they die in battle and someone else does it in their place. As with most things, this is just a different view of the world when we are submitted to Him.
If we are to trust in the Lord in warfare, we can also trust in the Lord in every day life and the struggles it brings. However, this is a good reminder also to pray for our military throughout the world as well. Pray for them to be led wisely and deployed with righteous purpose in a way that honors YHWH and pray for their success.
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