“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
Some days get hard, seemingly like the enemy is ‘hot on our trail” as he whispers us to wonder, ‘Have you been left on your own?’: leaving us feelings of exhaustion, worn out, tired of fighting and ready to give up.
For those who are ‘battle weary, be encouraged! “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
There is no fear or worry that God doesn’t understand. He sees the wars that rage within us and has an endless supply of strength for those who turn to Him. Through His word we can learn how to face those who oppose us without fear, rising above anything or anyone that we are threatened by.
We’re not alone. Not ever! God won’t let go, though we may struggle with the lies of the enemy that He’s left us fending for ourselves in hard times, be reminded that the Word of God is filled with reminders, especially for you and I that He fights for us still today. No need to defend yourself.
The Word never says this life will be easy. The Word never promises that we won’t get weary, or that we won’t face an enemy or even….that giant.
The Word of God does say we can come to Him and He will give us rest.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
The Word of God does promise to fill us with the power of His Spirit and that His joy will be our strength.
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)
The Word does remind us that the battle is not ours but the Lord’s.
“Thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”
(2 Chronicles 20:15)
When we are overwhelmed by the fight in front of us, take heart that God is with you. Take comfort in knowing that our heavenly Father would never leave His children to fight alone, and He is without doubt stronger than any ‘army’ that opposes us. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)
The Word does say that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of darkness in this life.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Wars are won by those who throw up their shields and slowly, and surely, push back against the enemy wall until it is to weak to stand any longer.
In spiritual battles this comes through trusting God in every step, and standing strong even when you seem to be losing ground.
When we do grow weary, what is important to remember is that God has a far better understanding of our capacities than we do ourselves.
” No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
God is not letting us down or leaving us, He is growing us in our strength.
If we are to be true soldiers in Christ’s army, we have to have full knowledge of just how strong we are in Him.
“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30)
We may fall, but we will never hit bottom. Because through life’s battles, God has shown us that when we fight with Him, we cannot be defeated.
“This was to fulfill the word that He had spoken: “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost not one.” (John 18:9)
Finally, in Exodus 17, the Israelites were facing a fierce enemy. The Amakelites were approaching. They killed for sport and were on the attack against God’s people.
Moses told the Israelites that as Joshua led the people in battle, he would go up to the top of the hill and hold out the staff of the Lord over them.
God’s Word tells us that for as long as his hands were held up, the Israelites were winning, but when his arms got weary, the enemy began to overtake them.
So Aaron and Hur came, and held up his hands. One on one side, and one on the other.
And a miracle happened that day. Even though all odds were stacked against them, the people defeated this strong enemy.
For God is stronger than any enemy we face. He gave them victory, for they believed, “The Lord is my banner…For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord.” v. 15-16
This story reminds us that some days, even the best of leaders, even the strongest…can get weary.
Maybe today, you are feeling weary, discouraged. Take heart! God is near you, ready to work for you, if you would just ask Him and trust in His ability to defeat your enemy.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”… Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart And mind in Christ Jesus. ….And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.’
(John 15:7, Matthew 7:7, Philippians 4:6 1John 5:14)