Thursday June 4
And so it shall be, when the officers have finished speaking to the people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people. Deuteronomy 20:9 NKJV
When You Go Out to Battle (3)—Look Unto Jesus
When Israel was on the verge of battle, after the priest had spoken God’s message to the people, and the officers had made sure that those who stayed for the battle were up to it, a last but very important action had to be taken. Captains for the army had to be established to lead the people.
This establishing of captains makes us think of the captain of our salvation (Heb. 2:10) , Jesus our Lord. For our trials and spiritual battles we too have a captain over us to lead us. It is very serious when a man stands between a soul and its Lord, or wants to place someone between a soul and Jesus. A redeemed person has to do with but one: his Savior. Not only there is only “one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5) , but He also is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2) . And so, just as the officers had to appoint captains for the army to lead the people, there is nothing better that we can do before God than to help someone look steadfastly on Jesus.
Do you know a brother or a sister who wants to serve Jesus our Lord? Help them fix their eyes on Jesus, their captain! Do you know a dear saint who is struggling in spiritual battles and does not know what to do? Make sure they know to whom they must look!
We are often very quick to come up with ideas and suggestions. They may be good. But the first and most important thing is to make sure a believer knows where to look and understands who can give all that he needs. It is not from us, but we receive all from Him!
There is always uncertainty when we look to men for help and direction in our walk. Not that we cannot learn and receive help from others, far be it! The Lord often uses others to help us. But as we go on in the path of faith, we must learn to look to Jesus!