Warfare Training

Bible Reading: Judges 2:7, 10-23; 3

"These are the nations the Lord left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience)…. They were left to test the Israelites to see whether they would obey the Lord's commands" (3:1-4).

Why does God allow Satan to harass me? Why must I continue to stand against his attacks? Why are some of life's battles so long and tiring? When I earnestly turn to God for help, why doesn't he immediately and permanently defeat Satan and make him leave me alone? Perhaps it is because God wants to "teach me warfare." "God is educating you; that's why you must never drop out. He's treating you as dear children. This trouble you're in isn't punishment; it's training" (Heb. 12:7 Msg).

Will I stand confidently on God's truth? Will I trust and obey his orders? Will I keep my spiritual armor well-oiled and fitted and become closely familiar and skilled with each piece so that I can boldly stand against the devil's schemes (Eph. 6:10-18)? Will I develop perseverance and a strong faith that enables me to stand firm in the storms of life, or will I be blown and tossed by the winds of doubt and deceit (Eph. 4:14; James 1:6)?

Lord, keep me strong. Keep my guard up. Don't let me get so busy, so discouraged or so comfortable that I don't take time to daily meditate on your word and talk to you in prayer. Teach me spiritual warfare. Make me a mighty warrior, unafraid of the battle because you are leading the way. Keep my priorities and choices in line with your word so that, through your power, I can successfully fight the battle against evil.