Who’s on God’s Side

Many people claim to be on God’s side and many of these have done terrible things. Perhaps the most noticeable were Crusaders of the tenth century that concluded since the Jews rejected their Messiah, they might as well be murdered unless they convert to Catholicism, (The only Christian view at that time). Islam has adopted this idea and devout followers are waging terror and war against everyone who refuses to convert to Islam. However, let’s stick to the God of the Bible, because we have a clear record of His views and will on this subject. Scripture says, “Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” (Joshua 5:13-14)

More than once Israel went into captivity as a consequence of their rebellion to God. First there were the Babylonians, then the Assyrians, then the Roman’s. In each case the ruling Jewish leadership were convinced they were on God’s side and God wanted what they did, which was for them to continue in their will rather than His. A surprising source, Abraham Lincoln, said, “Sir, our concern is not whether God is on our side, but whether we are on God’s side, for God is always right.”

Too often this world pits us against one another, knowing that strife will follow and God’s will ignored. In the judgment our disputes with men whether they be just or unjust will be irrelevant as the measure will not be whether we were right, but whether we loved. (Matt. 25:35-46) We cannot do this in our strength, but God has provided His Spirit to everyone who believes and submits to Him. “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-12) By the Spirit, God leads us in His ways, by His means and according to His purposes, on His side. Let us follow Yeshua’s example, when in prayer He said, “…not my will, but yours be done.”

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