Hard times are all around me. I see friends who are facing job loss and pay down grades. Friends who are facing many illnesses and physical problems. At times, I wonder where’s God in this? Is he busy elsewhere doing something great and mighty and these are just further down on His to-do list? Then I came across Exodus 15:3, “The Lord is a warrior, the Lord is his name”. My perspective changed. God is a warrior. Now to put that in plain terms, one facet of who God is consists of kicking butt and taking names in order to kick those same people’s butts later. That is part of who God is. He’s a God who goes after those who go after us. While we pray before bed for deliverance and go to a fitful sleep, God is there, watching over you all night while simultaneously working the details out of the very deliverance you’ve prayed for.
God is not limited to just delivering us from our circumstances. He’s also powerful enough to empower us. Don’t believe me? Judges 3:31, Guy named Shamgar, apparently he was the son of a guy named Anath, killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad, a.k.a. a cattle prod which was essentially a sharp stick. So let’s do the math, 600 dead guys killed by one guy with one sharp stick. Next example is a few pages later, in Judges 7. This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. God takes this guy Gideon who tells God he is the least member of the least tribe. Essentially He says the runt of the litter of all the litters. There’s no one beneath this guy. God takes him and builds him up an army, then whittled that same army down to a mere 300 guys and gives him victory over a whole other army. There are more details, but that’s the shaved down version.
Next we have 1 Samuel 14. The Israelites are up against the Philistines. Bad match up. The Israelites are nomads and make tents. Philistines turn forests into spears and splinters. They make weapons and war. Among all the Israelites there are two swords, Saul has one and his son Jonathon has the other. That’s it. What’s Jonathon do? He decides to go all Navy Seal and sneak up the side of a cliff and take on the whole Philistine army with no one else with him but his armor bearer. Now does Jonathon know he will win? Nope. He says, “Perhaps he Lord will act in our behalf.” Not He will or He’s promised. No, perhaps he will act. What happens? They kill 20 guys like it’s nothing. Then the rest of the army high tails it out of there.
Then we have David and Goliath, we all know that story. Ever seen a sixteen year old who’s known to grab bears and lion by the hair and beat them to death with a staff? Me neither.
What does all this have to do with you? God is fighting for you. He is going out before you and scores of angels follow behind him and He’s bringing about 4,000 megatons of pain at what’s afflicting you. Can you trust God? Absolutely! Is it a tense and rough ride? Bank on it. The real question is, if you’re not trusting God, what else is there that compares? What can do what He can?
Guest Post: are you thinking to yourself…”how come he gets to write for the blog?” Good question. Do you have something to share, a testimony, a reaction to a sermon at Canvas Church or a thought on how God is working in you and through you in this very moment? We want to read about it. Email me at email@example.com and I will do my best to add it into our blog.