“But, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” (Josh. 14:12)

Somehow it made sense to us back then. We weren’t sure who had made up the rules, but “The Game” always seemed to be full of intrigue and ripe for success. There were teams, though no one seemed certain who was good or bad. And we played through the trees and backyards as if our lives depended on this mission.

On that particular day, I didn’t want anyone to know I’d twisted my ankle. I knew my injury was going to hold me back, but I didn’t want help. I’d still win all on my own. And I may have, had that second tree root not also taken me down. I wiped tears away as I heard the enemy’s approach. I knew I didn’t have it in me to drive them out of my territory.

Suddenly help swept in, coming to my defense and driving the enemy back. It was swift and gave me a clear path to victory. Limping and dirty, I made it through with my hands open for the glorious victor’s crown. I hadn’t earned it, but it was mine. I was ripe for the taking, but instead I was chosen to conquer the day.

Caleb really did face a formidable foe. Though he was a capable warrior, he trusted the swift hand of God to conquer the day and establish the victory.

Trust that God will help you conquer your foe.

Elizabeth Rhyno is a wife, mom, and worship leader. Elizabeth chooses to pursue the Lord and trust him for courage and a joyful inheritance.

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.