Who is on the Lord's side?

If one bases their theology on contemporary Christian radio or some popular Christian books, one might be led to believe that God is always for us as Christians.  In a very real sense, of course he is! If we have repented of our sin and believed in His son, we can claim the promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)

There is much scripture which says God is with those who are his. Yet in our post-modern culture, do we raise the conveniently-claimed banner that God is for us even while deliberately disobeying his word and direct commands? Do we expect that he will bless us and our nation while one hand is grabbing from the cookie jar, thinking God doesn't see us? What do I mean? Do the sins listed in Galatians 5 (below) flavor our lives? Do we look different from the world or do we blend in? Do we think holiness is not needed because God is for us?

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

Consider this passage in Joshua 5 in light of the question, is God for us:

Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sward drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, "Are you for us or for our adversaries?"

He said, "No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the Lord." and Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, "What has my lord to say to his servant?"

The captain of the Lord's host said to Joshua, "Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy."

And Joshua did so.

Joshua, a godly leader of Israel, had every hope and reason to believe that God was for them as they were about to take the promised land. But when he spoke to the holy messenger of God and asked of him "Are you for us or for our adversaries?" the reply was strangely, "No." The captain reminds him of who God is and essentially turns the question back to Joshua.

It seems God is saying: the question is not Am I on Your side, but Are You on the LORD's side? Are you going to follow the Great I AM? "Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy."

And Joshua did! He obeyed.

Below is a mighty song that we can stand on and take courage and instruction from in order to fight on the winning and eternal side...the Lord's side. 

  1. Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
    Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
    Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?
    Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
    By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine,
    We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
  2. Not for weight of glory, nor for crown and palm,
    Enter we the army, raise the warrior psalm;
    But for love that claimeth lives for whom He died:
    He whom Jesus saveth marches on His side.
    By Thy love constraining, by Thy grace divine,
    We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
  3. Jesus, Thou hast bought us, not with gold or gem,
    But with Thine own lifeblood, for Thy diadem;
    With Thy blessing filling each who comes to Thee,
    Thou hast made us willing, Thou hast made us free.
    By Thy grand redemption, by Thy grace divine,
    We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
  4. Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe,
    But the King’s own army none can overthrow;
    ’Round His standard ranging, vict’ry is secure,
    For His truth unchanging makes the triumph sure.
    Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine,
    We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
  5. Chosen to be soldiers, in an alien land,
    Chosen, called, and faithful, for our Captain’s band;
    In the service royal, let us not grow cold,
    Let us be right loyal, noble, true and bold.
    Master, wilt Thou keep us, by Thy grace divine,
    Always on the Lord’s side—Savior, always Thine!

In Christ's love, Erika