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                Discouragement can be an overwhelming sentiment that does not allow for one to see things clearly. This was the case with Joshua after leading the people of Israel in battle, but only to be defeated by a much smaller force. “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” (Joshua 7:8-9)?

Why would Joshua think such a thing when he experienced all that he did being lead through the wilderness by the Lord? Sometimes great questions go unanswered. Joshua took his army and came back defeated; perhaps Joshua thought of himself as a failure, and the weight of that thought took him into (almost) despondency.

The Lord’s solution to the matter was plain and quick. He told Joshua that he was to get up and see to the Lord’s business (7:10-11). As this was Joshua’s solution, it can be ours also. It may be that we feel despondent on occasion (even many occasions), but the sentiment does not have to hold sway over an unwilling host. Get up, put your armor on, and set about to do the Lord’s bidding. It worked for Joshua, and it will work for us as well. RT

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