Watch Him Fight

It’s fun to watch other people fight. 

 When I was in 7th grade, I had a job keeping score at Elementary-aged basket ball games. It shouldn’t have been an intense job - but it was. One day in particular, two moms got into a shouting match. Mom #1 was a rough looking lady. Don’t think I’m being mean. If she is reading this right now, she would agree with you. She had a curly mullet, denim shirt, and a permanent snarl. Mom #2 looked more like a soccer mom. After a few minutes of back and forth shouting, Mullet Mom turned to soccer mom and threw down the gauntlet, “Let’s take this outside.” Soccer mom was cool with that idea. Now, I never saw the fight…but the the aftermath painted a clear picture. While the sirens roared outside, Mom #1 and Mom #2 came back inside to get their pocket books. Mullet Mom was the only one bleeding.  Ok. So I’m not saying that was fun - but it was pretty unforgettable. 

 When it comes down to it, I think that many of us get so sick of fighting and losing our own battles [spiritual / emotional / relational] that we fantasize about giving up. Sometimes, surrender becomes more than a fantasy. What if someone else would fight for you? What if you could watch someone else fight? Take a look at this wonderful truth from God’s Word. 

 Deuteronomy 20:1 - “When you go out to war against your enemies… you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you. The presence of an Almighty God is promise enough, but the truth gets even better. 

 Deuteronomy 20:4 - For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory. 

 Make no mistake - when God goes to battle, He always wins. Maybe the reason you’re tired and worn out is because you are fighting battles that are not yours to fight. Jesus repeatedly offers for us to turn our burdens over to Him. Instead of doing our best to be “strong for God,” why don’t we finally allow him to be strong for us. Take a moment today, rest in Jesus, turn your battles over to Him…and enjoy the view.  

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.