I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. (Exodus 23:27)
Throughout their journey in the wilderness, Israel was encouraged time and again not to fear their enemies and especially those who were in the land of Promise. He pledged to them that He would be with them and would, in fact, go before them as went to face their enemies. The fact that Joshua encountered the commander of the LORD’s hosts before the battle of Jericho is evidence that God was true to His promise.
In the verse above we see that, not only did He go before them but chased their enemies away in confusion. There were other times in Scripture when this same tactic, as it were, was employed. God caused fear and dread to come upon the enemies of Israel to the point that, on some occasions, their enemies turned on one another; all God’s people had to do was show up and take the spoils of war.
Where you and I are concerned, this same promise — to drive out our enemies — stands. We are promised that if we walk upright and faithful to our Master, He will fight our battles for us; He will cause fear and dread to come upon on our enemies. Furthermore, when we encounter them, they will flee before us. Because He is our Rock and our Refuge we can engage the world knowing that “one can chase a thousand, and two can put ten thousand to flight.” So then, let us not fear what men can do to us nor fear what men cannot do for us; our God is in control.
Blessings and Shalom,