There is something about this quote that resonates within my soul. It incites pictures of war, battle, scars, flaming arrows – but also peace, healing and strength.
The battle of life is not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. Every day, we need to suit up in our battle armor to face the day, darts and push backs of the world. As Ephesians 6 says, we need to put on the ‘full armor of God.’
It is a common concept to say – God will fight for me. And, he will – that’s for sure. But, we need to take the first step, pick up the sword and lace up our sandals. The battle is already won in Christ Jesus; but we need to be willing to trust his way and his guidance.
Abraham picked up the knife to sacrifice his son – Isaac, in obedience, and God sent a lamb instead. Joshua led his troops to encircle Jericho and march, and God gave them victory. Esther approached her husband, the King, in desperation, and he listened to her.
These people were led by God; but, they had to be willing to move their physical self forward.
What if these mighty ones had chosen not to take the first step? What if they were paralyzed with fear? Would God have been glorified so greatly?
Have you truly fought to become the person that you are today? You may actually have to move to become her.
Of course, God is the wind in your sails; but, have you let him fill your sails with his goodness? Do you have the faith to fly? You may have to flap your wings in order to soar on the heights.
Sweet Child of God, fight with God, by your side, to become the beautiful person he has destined you to be. We are called soldiers of God for a reason. March on – don’t let battle wounds scar you. Allow them to mold you into a vessel of strength and promise. They make you who you are.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. – Ephesians 6:11