Devotional: The MVP Is On Our Side

Over the last several weeks I’ve been spending time reading the stories of the Old Testament. I’m embarrassed to say that in all my years of knowing the Lord, I tend to favor reading the New Testament–the gospels, the stories of Jesus’ life, the encouraging words of Paul, etc. And while those are incredible, I’ve become really curious to learn more about the people and stories in the Old Testament. I want to get more familiar with what happened, instead of just loosely knowing the details, and see how it applies to my life. So lately I’ve been reading about Moses and how he led the Isrealites out of Egypt. Something really stuck out to me while reading this and I want to share that today.

After the Lord helped the Isrealites escape slavery in Egypt, they were traveling through the desert to get to the promised land. But along the way, they had a lot of struggles–no food, no water, lots of unknowns. And they complained, A LOT. But God continually showed up to provide for their needs. Time after time, when the situation looked dire, God took care of them.

One day the Lord told Moses to send scouts to check out the promised land. The scouting mission took 40 days and they came back with a full report:

the people living in the promised land were strong and powerful giants, they were seven to nine feet tall

the cities and towns were fortified with walls as high as 30 feet

the land was fertile, flowing with milk and honey

the enemy was vulnerable

God is on our side

(Numbers 13: 25-33; Deuteronomy 1:19-33)

After hearing the reports, the Isrealites were fearful and discouraged. They focused on the negatives–the giants and the fortified cities with tall walls. They completely overlooked the positives–the enemy was vulnerable, the land was fertile, plus God was on their side. He had already promised their victory. Yet the Israelites still felt helpless and too afraid to move forward.

Their fears were understandable, but not justified. Moses offered encouragement in the Lord, reminding them that He will fight their battle.

“But I said to you, Don’t be afraid! The Lord your God is going before you. He will fight for you, just as you saw Him do in Egypt. And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you again and again here in the wilderness, just as the father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.” Deuteronomy 1:29-31

Ultimately, the Isrealites still felt too intimidated, too weak, too fearful to just trust God for the victory.

As I was reading this, I couldn’t help but think about all the ways I do the same exact thing. Instead of focusing on the positives, and the many ways God has shown up for me over the years, I allow myself to dwell on the possibility of defeat. I allow myself to think about the negatives more than the positives.

And here’s the thing–the Israelites would have had a hard fought battle. It wouldn’t have been easy. But that struggle would give God the opportunity to show up and fight for them. They would have been victorious with God on their side, if only they had trusted Him in the fight. And the same is true for us. We will face battles, we will face hardships, but in that fight God is on our side and in His strength we can crush any army. (Psalm 18:28)

Are you willing to see the giants up ahead and go anyway? Are you willing to trust God for the victory, even when things are hard?

I want to encourage you today to turn your eyes towards the positive. Don’t dwell on the negatives or the giants ahead. The enemy wants you to focus on those obstacles. He wants you to feel weak, powerless, and afraid. He’s always happy to remind you of the possibility of defeat. But we can rest in the assurance that God is on our side, standing in front of us in even the hardest battle. We have the MVP, the starting quarterback, the giant of all giants on our team! We have the undefeated King fighting for us! It won’t always be easy. There will be walls we’ll have to climb along the way and giants we’ll have to battle. But don’t forget this:

You and God can conquer anything.

“Lord, you have brought light to my life; my God, you light up my darkness. In your strength, I can crush any army; with my God I can scale any wall.” Psalm 18:28-29

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get back up again and keep going.” 2 Corinthians 8-9

“Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.” Luke 10:19

“Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.” Ephesians 6:11

“Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will be standing firm.” Ephesians 6:13

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  • Pam
    September 20, 2023

    Thank you for this devotional today! What a powerful promise to live every day knowing God is in control always!! Focus only on God no matter what the world throws at us! Amen!!

  • Carol Lukas
    September 20, 2023

    The Lord your God is going before you. He will fight for you. We need to remember this! Thanks for sharing.

  • Carol denne
    September 20, 2023

    HelloSarah! Amen! Thank you for this I needed to read this today and put this into practice. Like you, I also tend to look at the negative instead of the positive and how God does not want us to be afraid but continue on our journey having full faith in Him!!!! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» keep doing what your doing Sarah you are helping us more than you know.

  • Cheri Melin
    September 20, 2023

    Thank you Sarah for your devotional today. Very powerful words and great encouragement to trust God even in the difficult things. God bless you and your family. ❀️ Looking forward to more great content. In Christ, Cheri Melin

  • Sharis Norris
    September 20, 2023

    Thank you, Sarah!
    Always a good to be reminded of this fact.
    Always. Because it’s way to easy to fall into the trap of fear and defeat.
    May God Bless you and yours ~

  • Veronica
    September 20, 2023

    Wow! Thank you. You have know idea how much I needed that this morning! I have the Lord on my side, who will go before me….I’m going to walk in that this season. Thank you!

  • Kathleen Santilli
    September 20, 2023

    WOW thanks for the reminders. God is good!

  • Sharon
    September 20, 2023

    Thank you for doing these devotionals ❀️.

  • Carissa
    September 20, 2023

    I needed this! I’ve been dealing with ppa for a bit now & it’s easy to let it overwhelm. Thank you!

  • Mary Lou Edwards
    September 20, 2023

    So good, Sarah! Such an important reminder that God is always with us, will carry us through all of our challenges, and will make us into the woman He wants us to be.

  • Shela
    September 20, 2023

    Thank you, Sarah for the encouragement and the kick in the pants. πŸ˜‚ I love following you. You’re such a bright light. ❀️

  • Susie Marino
    September 20, 2023

    I love this! Tk u for sharing Sarah! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ§‘

  • Laurie
    September 21, 2023

    Thank you for this! God works in amazing ways! I was struggling at work an employee issue and about in tears and very hurt. I was trying to focus on talking to God through it all and not respond in a negative manner. Then checked my email and read your post! I feel like it was just what God wanted and he used you to help me, so thank you so much!

    • Sarah
      > Laurie
      September 21, 2023

      Oh Laurie, what perfect timing. I’m so sorry about your issue at work, but I’m happy this could help you today. xoxo

  • Julie Healy
    September 21, 2023

    Thank you Sarah. It continues to amazing and delight me how exactly when I need to hear something it comes my way. I needed this today and I thank you again for it.
    You inspire and uplift me. Continue your good work.

    Julie Healy β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»β€οΈ

  • Laura Gee
    September 22, 2023

    Great reminder! Thanks so much for sharing. God bless you and have a great weekend. ❀️

  • Marlene
    September 22, 2023

    I have read the bible through 5 times and love the Old Testament and what God did for us. Every time I read about all the ways they had to atone for all their sins, makes me so happy we don’t have to remember all those because Jesus paid it all.Have an awesome week.

    • Sarah
      > Marlene
      September 25, 2023

      Wow 5 times?! That’s incredible!

  • Neika
    September 22, 2023

    Thank you for this encouragement today! The Old Testament is full of AMAZING stories and it’s so interesting to see the thread of Christ weaved all through it. I have no affiliation but I love reading though the Bible with the Bible Recap by Tara-Leigh Cobble. If you’ve never heard of it I highly recommend checking it out!

    • Sarah
      > Neika
      September 25, 2023

      I’ll have to check that out, thanks for sharing!!

  • RuthGoodson
    September 23, 2023

    Such powerful message. I too fail to dig into the Old Testament. Thank you for this beautiful reminder that God gets us thru the toughest of times. Also to enjoy and find courage in these writings.

  • Karla
    September 29, 2023

    Thank you Sarah! Isn’t it amazing how the lessons God was teaching the Israelites apply to us today? I know that I often don’t lean into God and become fearful and even angry, but after reading these stories and how God showed up time after time, even when the Israelites rejected Him, it reminds me to repent and then trust. What a faithful God we have!