Joshua and the others saw their conflict and decided it would be best to give themselves over, sparing their friends the decision, and left their fate in the hands of the God they served. After such a long fast, they couldn’t allow fear to creep in and destroy them. They chose to trust God and let Him demonstrate His dominion and power over all things and bring their enemies to shame.
They walked past the crowd, and as they were about to pushed open the doors, someone pulled on Joshua’s and Ruth’s arms.
“What are you doing? We can’t let you go to your deaths after you saved us!” a middle-aged man said fearfully.
Joshua spoke calmly. “It’s not up to you. The God that saved you from bondage to Abaddon will deliver us from this fate. Our lives are not our own; we belong to Jesus and will face many trials when serving Him, as will you. We can’t let fear dominate our lives if we trust in Him, can we?”
The people began to weep; they helplessly watched Joshua and his friends push open the mall doors and face the mob outside. The mob dragged their friends away.
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