Deuteronomy 3:1-2 NKJV Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan; and Og king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. (2) And the LORD said to me, ‘Do not fear him, for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand; you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.’
Sometimes life seems like just one battle after another. You feel like you no sooner come through one storm and the next one hits or right after you experience victory over one circumstance the next is banging on your door. Sometimes it seems like right after you pay off the new tires you had to get for your car and rejoice, that the water pump goes out and knocks the wind out of you deflating you emotionally and spiritually. “If it’s not one thing it’s another,” you may think. “What’s next?” Victory!
No sooner than the Israelites defeated King Sihon of the Amorites (Deuteronomy 2:24-37, Numbers 21:23-25) and round the corner, than the King of Bashan and all his people came out against them. These kinds of things can be very disheartening. They take the wind out of your sails and instead of rejoicing over your recent victory you focus your attention all too quickly on the new challenge, forgetting about the great deliverance you just experienced.
This verse intimates that the Children of Israel should have been encouraged by their previous victory and simply trust God, who does not change (Deuteronomy 3:22) for the next one. This should be the pattern for our life of faith. Romans 1:17 tells us we are to live by faith moving from faith to faith in our walk with God.
Romans 1:17 AMP For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith. [Habakkuk 2:4]
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy… (John 10:10)” and “…Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts (your heart) (Mark 4:15).” The reason negative circumstances and attacks from the enemy come so quickly after victory is because the enemy doesn’t want you to build any traction in your faith walk. The more quickly he can get your eyes off of God’s victory and onto the next attack, then the more likely he will be at inciting frustration in you, getting your eyes off of God’s promises, wearing you down, and ultimately making you ineffective for the Kingdom of God.
God wants you to be assured of His deliverance. He wants you to recall previous victories and be encouraged that He will do it again. Jesus came that you would walk in abundant, victorious life (John 10:10) and He will see you through.
Take a few minutes today to reflect over recent circumstance where the Lord has seen you through. If you can’t think of any, ask the Lord to remind you and show you some. Then write them down, reflect on them, allow faith to rise in you and FEAR NOT. Instead trust the Lord your God who delivered you before. He hasn’t changed. He will do it again and wants you to know in any circumstance what’s next is more victory.