2 Chronicles 20:15
He said, "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.'"
Our house sits in the middle of a forest populated mainly by deciduous hardwoods. We are smack dab in the middle of fall, and you know what that means. Leaves! Tons of them! Raining from the sky. Covering our decks. Smothering our yard.
Fall isn't called 'fall' for nothing!
And, when it comes to keeping the decks cleared and the yard clean, we have our work cut out for us. I whisk away the broom while my husband, Danny, wields the leaf blower. Together, we tackle the onslaught. Battle back the blitz of leaf troops which seems to gain ground (literally) daily. Here is a pile I'm in the midst of sweeping up the other day after heavy winds and rain brought in reinforcements.
And, here is what the deck looked like a day later.
The battle rages on . . .
And, many days, I feel like the leaves are winning. Even when I know that, eventually, all of them will have dropped. That I will, at some point, sweep the last soldier off the deck and Danny will blow the last warrior from the yard. The losing battle turned into a war won.
Wouldn't it be splendid if every battle we face on life's journey had a guaranteed winning outcome? Unfortunately, that's not the case. We lose a job, go through a divorce, lose a loved one, endure a chronic illness. And, sometimes, the fallout from our wounds can leave us feeling hopeless and helpless.
It doesn't have to be that way. All that can change when we stop clinging to our own methods for waging war against the enemy, and hand the battle over to God. Waving our white flags. Surrendering to His will. Trusting in His ways.
"And, we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
He is with us. He cares. He is able, ready and willing to aid us in every battle we face.
God will make it a win-win. Every time . . .
What battles are you facing in your life today?
Will you pray with me?
Let us, Father, in hope and trust and humility, not be afraid of or discouraged by the battles of this life, but hand everything over to you with praise and thanksgiving. We know the ultimate battle belongs to You. May we ever raise our white flags in surrender to Your will. Amen.
To listen to the song 'White Flag' by Chris Tomlin, click here.