It is human nature to want to run away from danger, or to armor up for battle when faced with an enemy. Sometimes, we even want to try to do both at the same time. I think that’s where many of us have been lately.
Hiding in a dark corner, away from it all, or lashing out at others in anger is not how God would have us handle our problems, however. God has a better way, if we would just have the courage to do it–to trust in His power to handle things in His timing and His way.
In the Bible, God uses the story of Joshua to illustrate how much easier God’s solutions are than running away or fighting it out, even when His ways seem like foolishness to the world. Scouts sent out to survey the area God promised came back and said it might be better to run than to face the giants in the land. Joshua, however, was ready to fight, even if that meant sustaining major casualties. When they got to the city gates, God had a different plan altogether. The Israelites marched around the city walls for six days, and on the seventh day, when they marched around them and Joshua blew his trumpet, the walls fell down on their own!
Scripture clearly tells us that our battles belong to the Lord. He has a way of working things out, even when we don’t see it for the moment. The key to victory is standing firm on our faith, laying our weapons down, and moving forward in humble obedience to Him. When we turn away from our natural instinct for fight or flight, and instead look to the Lord, we find that He is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever do on our own.
“And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” – I Samuel 17:47 (NLT)
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” – Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)