Deuteronomy 20:5-9 warns us about Distractions In The Battlefield. There are many battles throughout the Christian life. In fact it is a DAILY battle. Paul says in Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Also there is the battle between the flesh and the spirit. – Galatians 5:17 For the flesh fights against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would like.
One of the biggest reasons that Christians are not fighting the good fight is because they are distracted. In verse 5 we see that some are distracted by possessions. This verse is referring to someone who had built a new home and had not yet moved in to the house. He was excused from going into battle. How is this possible? This person had made preparations and was longing for the day when he could settle in to his new home. This is where his heart was. If he were to go to the battlefield his mind would not be on victory but rather those things he had left behind. This is a great description of the mindset of many people today! They have accepted Christ but they are no good for the battle because their mind is somewhere else. Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.
Verse 6 talks about bring distracted by your occupation. This describes a man who has tilled the soil, sowed his seed and is waiting on the harvest. He has his mind on reaping the rewards of his work. The Christian life must be a balanced life. We must balance our work, prayer and study time. They are all important but we must make time for all. Many times we spend to much time on one area and neglect the other. Does your work hinder your walk with God? Sometime we are much more willing to give our employer oertime then we are to give God our quite time.
Verse 7 talks about being distracted by relationships. This applied to a man who was engaged and from what I read even for newlyweds. His mind was on love and he would have been distracted. Just like the others we have mentioned this man would have endangered himself and the other soldiers. He too was excused from battle. Family is extremely important to all of us. That is the way that it should be. But there are many times when our family can become a hindrance to the cause of Christ. We are influenced by the members of our family. This can be a positive influence or a negative influence.
Finally some are distracted by apprehension (verse 8). Those who were fearful were excused as well. There is no need for fear because as verse 4 tells us, God will go with us and give us the victory.
We all have things in our lives which try to distract us, but it is important that we don´t let them distract us from the victories that God is leading us into.