Monuments. Trophies. Medals. Certificates. While they may not hold monetary worth, they serve an important purpose. These markers of past victories remind us of battles fought and won. They point to goals achieved and challenges overcome. They inspire us to reach higher.
The Ark of the Covenant was a symbol of victory for the Israelites. It was their guide through the wilderness. The priests carried it to the Jordan River— and the waters parted. They carried it when they marched around Jericho — and the walls fell! When they carried it into battle, in accordance with God’s direction, their enemies were defeated. It was more than a good luck charm. It represented the very presence of God. It reminded the Israelites that God was fighting for them. And it struck fear in the hearts of their enemies.
For God’s people today, His Presence is not a symbolic object, but a living reality. It is our source of peace and strength.
When we face personal challenges and obstacles, our key to victory is to carry the God’s Presence into the battle. When our hearts are tuned to God’s purposes through prayer and worship, we can rest in the assurance that the battle is not ours, but His. His solution will be the best and we are the winners.