Life’s a Battle We Can Win!

I wonder what it must be like for a child to grow up in a war zone: to try to sleep with explosions going off far and sometimes very near, to play with spent artillery shells, to splash in water-filled bomb craters, to climb over burned out tanks. We can be thankful we don’t live in a war zone, or do we?

The only way to explain the reality we live every day is to realize we do live in a war zone, that the cosmic conflict between good and evil, between God and Satan, has planet earth as the primary battlefield. Conflicts between people, dealing with disease, and facing death are all part of a battle and are often a part of our everyday lives too. As a pastor, many weeks I deal with all three – people pain, disease, and death. Yes, we live in a war zone. Wars are fought on different fronts and one of those fronts is where you and I live and move and have our being each day.

Am I sounding morbid? I don’t think so, just realistic. The Bible makes it clear that we live in a fallen world. Why, then, do we continually live with the expectation that things should go smoothly and are surprised when they don’t?

Does this doom us to a depressingly negative view of life? No! There’s a fine line, but an important distinction, between expecting circumstances to always go well and expecting that good can come out of circumstances that don’t always go well. The first is unrealistic fantasy and the second is realistic faith.

God, who is inherently full of goodness, is greater than anything that is not good in this world. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33) We don’t have to go into our battles alone; we can be with Christ in our conflict! Just moments before young David faced the giant Goliath and slew him, he declared, “the battle is the Lord’s…” (1 Samuel 17:47) Yes, we’re in a battle, but as long as we’re also with Him we’re on the winning side!

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