If you have to go to war, you may find yourselves facing an enemy army that is bigger than yours and that has horses and chariots. But don’t be afraid! The LORD your God rescued you from Egypt, and he will help you fight.
Provision is being made for this inevitability. As a promise it’s kind like one of those, “Break Glass in Case of Emergency” for the nation of Israel. It will happen, so this is what you need to do. There can be no Promised Land without combat. If we move with God there will be conflict for all who advance.
Provision is also being made for fighting superior numbers. Not only will you be outnumbered but you will be outgunned. Essentially, they were facing chariots, the modern tank of ancient battles. But, even in the light of this, “don’t be afraid!” This fear will immobilize you. Fear is also highly contagious, and spreads through ranks of men.
It is hard to see an ancient battle through the eyes of a warrior. It must have been a frightening experience to pass through. The mud, sweat, the noise and the thirst are all working on you, and additionally it’s one of those “kill or be killed” scenarios. If you don’t kill the man fighting you, he will kill you. And he will.
In our verse we read of an another critical point. “The Lord rescued you…” This is a reminder what has happened in Israel’s past. Israel, led by Moses, crossed miraculously the Red Sea. They were also chased by chariots, and had few weapons and no trained army. Present day Israel was called to remember that deliverance, and to trust God to do it again.
“The Lord rescued…and the Lord will help you fight”. We need to remember the past, and then look to the future. It is also quite helpful to seeing God as presently involved in our lives. As Christians, our experiences mirror the covenant people of Israel. We are to draw on these lessons and drive back our enemies. To confidently remember all the times He met us, and to stand and meet the foe.
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.”