WHOSE BATTLE?

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. – 2 Samuel 22:17-20

Are you in the midst of a battle? At work? At home? With your husband? With your wife? With your ex? With your children? With anyone? In any place?

Do you feel like you are overwhelmed by the deep and crashing waters of these conflicts, of these problems, of these battles? Do you feel backed into a corner with no place to go?

If “Yes” is the way that any of us answer any of these questions, then we really need to ask ourselves some other questions, some deeply challenging and personal questions:

What part am I playing to keep the battle going?

In what ways have I gotten myself into these deep waters?

What have I done to back myself, or the other person, into a corner so that resolution no longer seems like a remote possibility?

On whose power, strength and support have I truly been depending? On God’s or my own?

Do I really want to be rescued from this battle? Or does the conflict itself somehow bring justification to my wrong actions? Or bring satisfaction to my mean-streak?

If our battles are really for the cause of Jesus Christ, then, battle on in the mighty power, Word and Spirit of our Living God! We can be sure that these battles will be won by the Lord Himself – in His time and in His way. And the Lord’s victory will stand for all eternity.

If, however, our battles have grown out of our pride, our fear, our lack of forgiveness, our stubborn, self-focused thinking and our lack of true Jesus-like sacrificial love, then we might as well just suck those deep waters right into our lungs, because we are not breathing or thinking, speaking or acting, living or loving or battling in the way that pleases – that delights – our Lord!

When our battles are truly the Lord’s battles and our foes are the Lord’s foes – the destructive force of sin and hate, of cruelty and unforgiveness, and of every fear that twists and cripples our minds and lives – then, we will be rescued. Then, we will be held in God’s eternal safety. Then, we will be empowered, strengthened, supported and brought into the spacious place of our God’s transcending peace. Then, we will know the intimate, victorious love of God who delights in us. Remember and trust: “the battle is the LORD’s” (1 Samuel 17:47)! Now and forever.