Deuteronomy 20:4 “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies.”
Horses have a natural, instinct to fight or flight. Basically, this means when a horse encounters a problem or obstacle they react in one of two ways. The first would be to take off running in the opposite direction, retreat and save themselves. The second would be to stay and fight. In neither circumstance does the horse think through their actions. They just react. Ringing in their ears they hear “fight, flight, fight, flight”. In both cases, horses react out of fear versus out of faith.
How many of us react using the same response of fear- fight or flight? Life throws us a curve ball and we grab our beat up, worn out running shoes and take off. They are worn and falling apart because we always respond in the same way – we run. Life gets hard, relationships require work, and instead of staying and working things out, we run – FLIGHT. Or maybe we encounter an obstacle and immediately put on our fighting gloves. The gloves are covered with duct tape and patches where we have thrown punches that have caused serious damage to the source and to ourselves. We are always on the defense which makes it impossible to hear what is truly going on around us. Every word, every action can seem like an attack on us and instinctively we grab our gloves and start fighting.
Last year, we had a significant monetary amount stolen. I can remember going through both instincts, I wanted to run away and pretend that this wasn’t happening. Hide and maybe it would go away and I wouldn’t have to face the reality of the situation. Then, on the other hand, I was ready to fight. I was hurt and vulnerable. I would pick a fight with those around me with my gloves on and hands up. They weren’t the enemy but I was on the defense and instinct was to protect myself and fight. Neither instinct was helping. Why run from a situation when God was there with me? Why fight my spouse or co-worker when there is a real enemy out there?
Maybe you are facing something today that seems too big, too scary, too overwhelming. You look out in front of you and survey the land, your enemy, your circumstances and you think “I can’t beat this. I can’t win this battle!”. Fear grips ahold of your heart. Fear takes over where Faith should. Be reminded that you don’t fight this battle alone! Deut. 20:4 “for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you the victory!”
The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary states that some Jewish writers believe the Ark of the Covenant was taken into the field and battle with the Israelites as they fought. The Ark of the Covenant carried the holy presence of God. When the Israelites went into battle, they knew they weren’t alone as they fought alongside the Ark of the Covenant and was reminded that God was with them in the midst of the battle. His presence can be carried with us through our battles as well. We can carry His presence with us through the good days and the bad, through the highs and the lows, through the battles and the victories. He is always with us.
You are not alone in this battle. Matter of fact, He is with you (even now) and He fights for you! I love the visual of this scene – my heavenly Father, in battle, fighting for ME – and for YOU! Swinging His sword for us. Slaying the enemy for us. Victorious for us. Stop trying to do it all yourself and begin to let God fight for you! Don’t run away in fear too scared and timid to face your enemy. Your God is bigger than any circumstance, obstacle, fear or lie of the enemy. Stand tall. Stand your ground. Recognize who is the real enemy. It is not your spouse, your children, your boss or neighbor. Know your opponent and be ready to go into battle with God fighting alongside you. You are not in this by yourself. Not only is God with you but you can surround yourself with an army of friends, believers and fellow soldiers who will be ready to battle alongside you. We call this a sisterhood. A group of women who will cheer you on, pray without ceasing, and sharpen their swords with you. To be in community with women who will speak wisdom, truth, and love into your life can be one of your greatest weapons against the enemy.
As you start your day, know that He “goes with you” and you are victorious. Whatever battle you are in, know that your God is bigger and he goes into battle with you to “fight for you”. Someone told me yesterday that God sends us into battle because He knows we are victorious. The outcome has already been decided and our part is to keep pressing on with faith and leave fear at the battle line.