What battles have you been fighting in lately? What battles are just ahead, around the corner, and over the horizon that you will be fighting? One thing is certain: every believer fights battles. The problem is not that we face battles; the problem is that we face far too many of them in our own strength. We have forgotten what the Bible teaches about battles . . .
The battle is the Lord’s
Here are just a few of the verses that make it perfectly clear that our God is the One who is to be fighting our battles if we are ever going to gain victory over them.
Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14)
The LORD has driven out before you great and strong nations. And as for you, no man has been able to stand before you to this day. One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the LORD your God who fights for you, just as he promised you. (Joshua 23:9-10)
[T]he Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:47 NASB)
In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us. (Nehemiah 4:20)
With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.
Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession.
(2 Corinthians 2:14)
Of course, there are many stories in the Bible of God fighting for His people and winning for them the victory. There is Moses and the Red Sea. There is Gideon and his 300. One of the best stories of God fighting for His people—His way and with His weapons—is found in the story of Joshua. Joshua was leading the Israelite army against the Amorite army. Before the battle began, God said to His servant Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them for I will give you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you” (Joshua 10:8).
God is in the business of fighting for His people and delights in delivering them from what, to the watching world, look like insurmountable odds. In the middle of Joshua’s battle against the Amorite kings, God sent a “holy” hailstorm to do for His people what only God can do for them, “The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword” (Joshua 10:11). Hail is a conquering weapon for the people of God when it is in the hand of a Holy God.
If God is for us . . . who cares who is against us! When you are wronged, let God make it right. When you are wounded, let God make you whole. When you are put down, let God lift you up. Whatever it is you are up against, you are not up against it alone. God is not only with you, He is the One who is fighting for you.
What “Holy Hail” is God ready to send your way if you will but let Him fight your battles for you?
- The “Holy Hail” of hope
- The “Holy Hail” of patience
- The “Holy Hail” of forgiveness
- The “Holy Hail” of vision
- The “Holy Hail” of godly counsel
- The “Holy Hail” of a Barnabas to encourage you
- The “Holy Hail” of endurance
Funny thing about “Holy Hail” in the hand of a Holy God fighting for His “highly favored” holy people: it will do more for you than you could ever do for yourself! If the battle is the Lord’s, the victory is the Lord’s . . . so rest in that truth.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. Never forget that . . . AMEN!