THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
EVANGELIZATION AND WAR
Today’s readings: Exodus 14:5-18; Exodus 15:1-6
we evangelize, we engage in spiritual warfare. We contend
with powerful enemy forces. We will be bruised, battered and
bloodied. But know this: Jesus has already won the victory,
at Calvary on the cross. But while we know how the end turns
out, people are still being lost and are still going to hell
rather than to heaven. So we are in for a tough fight. But
know this further: God fights for and with us. Indeed, “the
Lord is a warrior, Lord is his name!” (v.15:3a).
such is the case, then what should be our posture? “Do
not fear! Stand your ground and see the victory the Lord will
win for you today.” (v.14:13a). God not only equips
and empowers us for the fight, God does not just send us forth
to face the enemy by ourselves, but He also joins us in the
fray. “The Lord will fight for you” (v.14:14a).
that truth, then what should we do? First, “you have
only to keep still.” (v.14:14b). We are to be still
and know that He is God .... and warrior. We are to pray and
commune with God. We are to look at Jesus, our Commander-in-Chief.
We are to bring to Him our cares and concerns. We are to look
to Him to encourage us, help us persevere and endure, tend
to our wounds, soothe our aches (including heartaches).
after that, we are to get back into the fight. “Then
the Lord said to Moses: Why are you crying out to me? Tell
the Israelites to set out.” (v.14:15). We have been
renewed and strengthened by prayer and quiet time with the
Lord, we have cried out to the Lord with all our struggles
and pains and frustrations, we have received new insights
and guidance, and while it is tempting to just remain in the
comforting presence of our God, we have a task to do. We are
to move out once again, because the war still rages and we
are God’s warriors. HA-OOH!
at the battle front, we again confront a powerful enemy. We
face “all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, his
horsemen, and his army” (v.14:9b). But we are not to
be afraid, knowing that God fights for and with us. We are
to engage the enemy, with triumphant song: “Your right
hand, O Lord, magnificent in power, your right hand, O Lord,
shattered the enemy.” (v.15:6).
know you serve and fight for a victorious God. “I will
sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and
chariot he has cast into the sea. My strength and my refuge
is the Lord, and he has become my savior. This is my God,
I praise him; the God of my father, I extol him.” (v.15:1b-2).