FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
EVANGELIZATION AND WAR
July 20, 2015
Today’s readings: Exodus 14:5-18; Exodus 15:1-6
When we evangelize, we engage in spiritual warfare. We contend with powerful enemy forces. We will be bruised, battered and bloodied. But know this: Jesus has already won the victory, at Calvary on the cross. But while we know how the end turns out, people are still being lost and are still going to hell rather than to heaven. So we are in for a tough fight. But know this further: God fights for and with us. Indeed, “the Lord is a warrior, Lord is his name!” (v.15:3a).
If such is the case, then what should be our posture? “Do not fear! Stand your ground and see the victory the Lord will win for you today.” (v.14:13a). God not only equips and empowers us for the fight, God does not just send us forth to face the enemy by ourselves, but He also joins us in the fray. “The Lord will fight for you” (v.14:14a).
Knowing that truth, then what should we do? First, “you have only to keep still.” (v.14:14b). We are to be still and know that He is God …. and warrior. We are to pray and commune with God. We are to look at Jesus, our Commander-in-Chief. We are to bring to Him our cares and concerns. We are to look to Him to encourage us, help us persevere and endure, tend to our wounds, soothe our aches (including heartaches).
But after that, we are to get back into the fight. “Then the Lord said to Moses: Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to set out.” (v.14:15). We have been renewed and strengthened by prayer and quiet time with the Lord, we have cried out to the Lord with all our struggles and pains and frustrations, we have received new insights and guidance, and while it is tempting to just remain in the comforting presence of our God, we have a task to do. We are to move out once again, because the war still rages and we are God’s warriors. HA-OOH!
Back at the battle front, we again confront a powerful enemy. We face “all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, his horsemen, and his army” (v.14:9b). But we are not to be afraid, knowing that God fights for and with us. We are to engage the enemy, with triumphant song: “Your right hand, O Lord, magnificent in power, your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy.” (v.15:6).
Warriors, know you serve and fight for a victorious God. “I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea. My strength and my refuge is the Lord, and he has become my savior. This is my God, I praise him; the God of my father, I extol him.” (v.15:1b-2).
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