“For the LORD your God is the One who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” (Deuteronomy 20:4 HCSB)
While driving truck over-the-road, the company provided me with directions to the assigned destination. These directions were to be strictly adhered. But not always did they work. I recall a time in Maryland, after following the company’s precise directions, I ended up on a narrow, winding rural road lined with million-dollar homes. I flagged down a small delivery truck driver to ask if I was in the right place. He shook his head, wondered how I’d managed to get this far. No, I wasn’t in the right place. And there was no place to turn about, being over 75 feet (27 meters) long. I had to continue along the road, make a few turns, then I’d come to a round-about. He instructed me not to try to go around that round-about, but to cut across it, as I’d never make it otherwise. Eventually, thank G-d, I made it back to the main highway. It turned out my load went to a small facility that was just a block from where I turned of the highway. The directions were very wrong.
Unlike the roads in the old Roman Empire that all led to Rome, not all paths lead to victory. Victory as not just something far off, in the future, but also available today. Victory is intentional, simple, and hopeful. We can imitate the ways of victory in the G-dly ones G-d brings into our lives, and through various writings, such as the Apostle Paul’s. Another road to victory is becoming passionate about our Lord. There’s unforgettable victories, as there are forgettable failures, which lead to repeated failures. There’s also restorative victories. These are not all the roads leading to victory. And we do not take just one of them either.
We have G-d’s Word providing direction to victory. We have G-d’s promise in Deuteronomy that G-d goes with us to fight for us to give us victory. We move freely from one road to another, trusting in our Lord’s righteous victory, and in His ability to provide victory in our lives. When we awake in the morning, do we choice which road we should take for the day’s victory? Perhaps we do. In our morning devotional times we may see we need to be more intent upon victory, more passionate. Perhaps during the day we are reminded to forget a failure and proceed without fear. Or perhaps we’re reminded of a past failure, and shown how not to repeat it. There are many roads we may take leading to victory, and our Lord will not only show us the way, but will walk the road with us. Our Lord’s directions, unlike my company’s, won’t leave us on a narrow road, lost. He is with us all the way!
Other Victory Roads are praise and worship, and there is the victory that we find serving G-d’s people, using our gifts, fitting well into the Body of Messiah on Earth. We haven’t touched upon what I might call the Road of Awe, which is a holy and righteous fear of the LORD. And what about the victory that comes through listening in the quiet for the Spirit to speak? And there’s a certain victory that comes through letting go, surrendering to the flow of G-d’s Spirit. (No, this isn’t Eastern meditation, or some other system or practice that empties the mind only to be filled with demonic spirits.)
Victorious living is our right, purchased on Calvary. Victorious living is also a privilege of those who will believe on the Son of our Creator, our Lord Y’shuaJesus. We are children of the King. We are noble men and women. As such we have an obligation to seek victory today, that we might be beacons, bright lights, drawing lost human vessels tossed upon the seas of life, to our Savior Y’shuaJesus. Let us now rejoice, not when we find victory, but rather because we have it in our position as children of the King.
Thank You, LORD our G-d, King, Creator, in the most holy Name of Y’shuaJesus. You are victory. You are life. Amen and Amen.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .