Fighting the Good Fight

The good fightThe Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.    Exodus 14:14

A loved one is struggling with an addiction that causes them and everyone around them grief. As they spiral downward into self-destruction, you plead with the Lord to save them.

Your child, now an adult, has chosen a path in life you never wished for them. As the consequences mount, you plead with the Lord to change them.

A friend is stuck in their grief over the loss of a spouse or a child or a job or a relationship. As their sorrow hardens into bitterness and poisons their heart, you plead with the Lord to comfort them.

A loved one is struck with a serious illness. As their life hangs in the balance, you plead with the Lord to heal them.

You are enslaved by a persistent sin you cannot master. Your guilt mounts along with your shame that you aren’t strong enough to change. You plead with the Lord for deliverance.

Have you been there? Are you there now? I’m not sure which is harder, having the faith to believe the Lord is fighting for us or being still while he does it. Yet that is exactly what Moses told the people to do when the army of Pharaoh chased them to the sea after their miraculous exodus from slavery in Egypt. It takes an understanding that forces are at work in the world we cannot see, although we can certainly see their results. And it takes faith that our God is bigger than all of them and is fighting for us.

As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NIV) The most powerful of these weapons is prayer.

Prayer: Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! Remind me I hold the most powerful weapon ever known when I fall to my knees before you and pray. Help me be still in full confidence of the goodness and mercy of your perfect love and will. And help me remember that placing myself and those I love in your hands puts us in the safest place we could ever be. Amen.
Rev. Sarah Fotopulos, Associate Pastor