When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?”
“Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.”
At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?” (Joshua 5:13-14)
Relate: The Calvanist says, “God is sovereign. He is on my side.” The Arminianist replies, “No, He has given us free will. He is on my side.” The republican says, “God demands holiness, He is on my side.” The democrat says, “No, He loves the poor, He is on my side.” The Methodist and the Presbyterian argue their point. The Catholic and the protestant duke it out. The baptist and the pentecostal go at it. The Muslim fundamentalist says God is on his side. The Jewish fundamentalist says the same, as does the Christian fundamentalist. The Hindu fundamentalist says all the gods are on his side. The atheist looks at the whole crowd arguing and says, “Thank you all for proving my point.”
React: The question has never been, “Is God for me or for my enemy?” All that question proves is that we have created a box and fashioned a god in our image that we want to make sure fits inside it. The question is too egocentric. The answer is yes. God is for me. He is also for my enemy. He is also for my friends, and my acquaintances, and for the people I have never even met. When I ask that question what I am saying is, “I have fashioned this box for You, God… now fit in it.” That sounds kinda dangerous… you think?
It is time for me to get away from egocentric questions. Instead of, “Is God for me?” It should be, “Am I for God?” Instead of trying to fashion an adequate box to hold what I believe of God, I should be trying to shape my life to be an adequate vessel that already has the living God in me. God is the center, not me, and I have to do everything I can to wrap everything else I know around that fact. God leads, not me, and I have to do everything I can to make sure I am on His side. He is far too great for any box I can make or even imagine.
God, You are far greater than I could ever fathom. Help me to take my eyes off of myself and keep them on You. Help me to focus more and more on who You are rather than trying to fit You into what I would like You to be. Bust down my boxes. You are Holy, Wonderful, Marvelous, Glorious, Omnipotent, Righteous and Mighty. Let me find myself lining up on Your side.