And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts feint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. (Deuteronomy 20:3-4)
It is interesting to note how many of these references have a relationship with battle. Seems that almost every one that I have encountered, so far, has been related to war. I would say the one thing that causes us fear more than anything else is conflict. But, to be ready for a conflict there must first be preparation. This chapter is one of instruction to the people about times of war.
It starts with preparation (v.1-3). The priest was to come out to the people and encourage them before the battle. Moses did this often in his conversations with the people. It is always good to remember what the Lord has done for you in the past. It gives courage concerning the future. Then he spoke concerning those who were and were not qualified to go to war (v.4-7). If something else holds your attention more than the purpose for which God has called you then there can not be victory. You must be willing to lay aside every cause of distraction in order to fight the good fight of faith. Then there was the need for absolute confidence (v.8). There is no victory in battle apart from absolute faith in the One that leads you.
There are times when you will be confronted by insurmountable odds. The greatest enemy we face is Satan. It is his purpose to destroy all that God has touched with grace. Battle is a part of the Christian life and always will be as long as we are in this world. That is a reality that must not be denied. If you are to be a good soldier of the cross then you must PREPARE yourself for battle (v.1-3), make sure that there is nothing that would HINDER YOU (v.4-7), and above all you must have an ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE in the One who has called you (v.8). Only the one that is willing to meet the qualifications can hope to serve with honor the One that has called him.
How do you know God has called you? Look around … where are you … why are you there … why have you come to this place in your life? It is either a series of accidents or it has been accomplished by design. You are in bootcamp now. God has sent you there to train to become a soldier of the cross.