Fight The Battle
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord. — Proverbs 21:31
In this text, we are introduced to battle imagery. And I am sure Solomon was thinking about actual hand-to-hand combat on a field of war. But there are all kinds of battles. Physical battles are rare for us, but spiritual battles are not so rare. We fight them every day. Today we are going to fight them. One day it's a battle for our marriage. The next day it is a battle for our children. Next, it is at work where we get attacked for our beliefs and values. And the next is some private battle with sin. And on the worst of days, it's a battle with all of them at the same time.
Most of the time, these battles are unseen — known only to us. Yet we must prepare. As Solomon says, you have to make ready. We must prepare our horses, ready our armor, sharpen the sword, and set the battle plan.
But here's the deal. We may prepare, but God is the one who gains the victory. And we have to keep this at the forefront of our minds. If we prepare for battle only to take the battle into our own hands, we might get in the way of the God who fights for us. Does this mean we should prepare less? No. Does this mean we should not fight when the time is right? No. Does this mean we should not be passionate in the battle? No. But this does mean that when we prepare for battle, run to battle, and fight the battle, we fight as a representative of the Lord who is going to win, and the victory is his, so we better make sure we fight his way.
So fellas, get ready. Prepare! Because a battle is coming today. And it might be intense. Make preparations but let God lead. For when he leads, he wins. And the victory is his — not yours.
ASK THIS: What battle are you preparing for today?
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PRAY THIS: Father, ready my resources. My mind. My heart. My soul. The battle is on. Be my victory.
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