LET THE LORD FIGHT MY BATTLES? REALLY?

 

 

The Lord Will Fight For You

A friend of mine (I’ll call her Sue) told me about a situation on her job where someone went to her boss and lied on her. The boss knew the person was negative, critical, and unkind by personal experience with the complainer. Sue was told by her supervisor not to worry about it after she explained her side of the story. However, she was so mad that the individual had tried to destroy her reputation, she was determined to go in the next day and give the person a piece of her mind. The Holy Spirit constrained her and told her to say nothing when she went back into the office. She was prepared to hold her tongue and treat the person with kindness, as if nothing happened.

Lo and behold, when Sue went into the work place, everyone in the office had heard about the incident, and they verbally jumped on the complainer. They berated the criticizer terribly for the wrong that was committed, defended Sue vehemently, and demanded that she be left alone. When I heard the story, I rejoiced with her that God had defended her honor. When she encountered the person the next time, it was a whole different ball game. The complainer treated her with kindness and respect. God had intervened, and it was quite evident.

Holding Your Peace Requires Trusting God

I said to Sue, “That is a perfect example of how, if we hold our peace, the Lord will fight our battles.” She agreed. I must admit, personally, I have a problem with that concept. I am the type of person that has to get in there and defend myself. I, myself, will confront you. Leave it to God? Really? But the irony of it is this:  if I am going to fight my own battles, God is not going to fight them for me. The only way that I will be able to tell if God will, indeed, fight my battles is to lay my weapons down, rest in the Lord, and watch and see what happens.

OK. I must admit, I have not been willing to do that. I guess if I am honest, I have let the devil lie to me and tell me, “God is not going to do anything. You need to take care of business yourself.” Has anyone else out there fallen prey to that lie of the enemy? Is it just me?

Test God, and See What He Will Do

God says in Isaiah 61:8, “For I, the Lord, love justice.” In 2 Chronicles, the prophet said, “The battle is not yours, but God’s.” Therefore, I think it would behoove all of us to try the experiment of holding our peace and letting the Lord fight our battles. I know it’s difficult. I don’t want to even think about it, but I believe the Holy Spirit is challenging me. If you are reading this, it’s for a reason. It’s not by chance. He is challenging you, too. So let’s try something new. The next time we are wronged and want to defend ourselves, and the Lord tells us to hold our peace, let’s try letting Him handle it. Let’s do what the Bible says in Matthew 5:44: love, bless, pray for and do good to our enemies. Let’s allow God to do His thing. We will never know until we try, right?

What do you think about this challenge? If you have tried this already, what was the outcome? Leave a comment below. If we share experiences, we can grow together and build up each others’ faith.

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