“He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.” – Psalm 62:6

The Word of God tells us God is our defense. It tells us He is a mighty fortress; that He goes before us; that He fights our battles for us. I continue to realize the fact that God never loses. However, after this knowledge and constantly realize how victorious God always is, I always try to fight my battles myself. The enemy puts into my mind that the battle is so small, there is no need to involve God into it. I should just save my requests for help when there is something huge that I need help with. Then of course, it always happens, as I go out into battle with a full charge, I tell God I can handle this one on my own. He doesn’t need to get involved or waste His time on this one. I am a pretty forgetful person. As I am running ahead full charge, I stumble and fall landing FLAT on my face. I forget to tie my shoes. I don’t even get into battle yet and I am already defeated. How embarrassing!

In Joshua 7:1-9, it speaks about the defeat at Ai. The children of Israel just had a miraculous victory in Jericho. God delivered the city into their hands and all they had to do was to march around the city seven times. It was a big and mighty city. Now Joshua sees the small little city of Ai and he thinks they can definitely overtake them on their own. He doesn’t seek the counsel of God. He believed the men he sent to spy out the city. Joshua probably thought to himself, “God, You’ve given us the city of Jericho; You must be exhausted. We’ll go and take care of this one.” Well, in Joshua 7:5, it tells us of the “success” the children of Israel faced at Ai. It reads, “The men of Ai struck down about thirty-six men, for they chased them from before the gate as far as Shebarim, and struck them down on the descent; therefore the hearts of the people melted and became like water.” How embarrassing! However, the next interaction between Joshua and God is even more pitiful! In Joshua 7:7-9, Joshua cries out to God, “Alas, Lord GOD, why have You brought this people over the Jordan at all—to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? Oh, that we had been content, and dwelt on the other side of the Jordan! O Lord, what shall I say when Israel turns its back before its enemies? For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear it, and surround us, and cut off our name from the earth. Then what will You do for Your great name?” Can you believe that? Joshua blames God for their defeat at Ai! Well, I can certainly believe it. I’m ashamed to say it, but I’ve done it plenty of times myself.

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