Do you think of yourself as something of a problem solver – a “fixer” of things? Are you rarely daunted by circumstances or people? The greater the challenge, the more you rally. Perhaps you feel compelled, even called to speak for others? Motivated to both speak and act against the wrongs in this life, you simply refuses to stand silently by. If that’s you, I can relate. I think I was born to fight; physically, mentally, and verbally. And, maybe (just like me) your drive to hone these skills led you to the debate team in high school and maybe it drove you on to law school or some other field of advocacy. If I’m speaking your language, if you’re nodding your head as you read this – that’s good news. Today I am going to let you in on a BIG truth that I’ve been forced to focus in on over the course of this last year; a truth that will serve all those that tilt at actual giants and not just windmills. Ready for it?
I need Jesus as my constant.
Mine to Fight
I’ve learned this year that although I feel able and up to the challenge, not every battle is mine to fight. And, although I may be mentally and physically prepared, spiritually I am not even a contender for some fights. There is a verse in the book of Exodus I was drawn to at the first of the year and has stayed with me over the last nine months.
Exodus 14|14 reminds us that “[t]he Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”
It’s been a difficult season; a long one that’s taken its toll. I’ve found myself doubting my ability to win the battle. I’ve cried countless tears, prayed hundreds of wordless prayers, and have gotten to the point of wondering what I’ve done wrong. If you’re in the midst of a hard season, I know this will resonate.
You’ve questioned yourself and God.
You’ve been angry, and you’ve been hopeful.
You’ve rallied to try a new approach, a new strategy, a new technique – and find yourself knocked down again.
But have you ever just taken off the gloves, laid them down there in the middle of the ring and then taken your exit? I hadn’t, at least not until recently. But just a couple of weeks ago, I am certain that that’s what God was calling me to do. He wanted me to walk away and leave the fight to Him. So I turned and headed home.
I settled in behind Him.
Just Walk Away
I’ll admit, it goes against everything in me to do this. It also forced me to think about whether or not I really trusted God to fight this battle (or any) for me. I am one of those who runs towards a problem; not from it. And yet, that’s exactly what I believe God was calling me to do. He wanted me to leave the situation to Him. The justice was His to exact and I needed to trust him to fight for me. I needed to see Jesus as not just my trusted companion and Savior, I need to see Him as my protector and defender. I realized that for too long I’d come to believe that I didn’t need anyone to fight for me. I’d bought into the lie that my only choice was to stand and fight for myself. It was a lie that led me to neither trusting nor believing in anyone else to do so.How would we act in the midst of our battles if we believed we could trust the Lord to fight for us? #TheBattleBelongsToTheLord Click To Tweet
Sister are you in the midst of a battle that seems insurmountable? Are you relying on your own strength, your own ability, and your own understanding of the situation? No matter how you fight against the physical and spiritual realms are you without relief?
We are absolutely called to engage and serve as Kingdom warriors. However, I think sometimes He seeks to remind us that the battle is His. I believe He wants our trust in Him to grow and we need to work to cultivate that trust.
For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.
Is there a battle you’ve not wholly trust God with? If you find yourself battle weary and seemingly without relief I want to encourage you to get low and get quiet with God. It is a powerful thing to submit yourself before the King; surrendering the need to fight the battle alone and on your own strength. Pray that God would increase your trust in Him; pray that God would show you just how much he can be trusted. The battle may continue to wage but not according to your strength and ability.
One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.