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May 18, 1999

Whose Battle Is It?

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Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. PSALM 108:12
Where do you turn for help in times of trouble? What is your first reaction when adversity strikes? There are occasions when another person can comfort, encourage, and advise, but when it comes to fighting the enemy, “man is worthless” (Psalm 108:12). Salvation belongs to our God alone. He can destroy any enemy with a word.
God does not need to muster up courage or convince Himself that He is up to the challenge. He is not engaged in a kind of cosmic battle, struggling to defeat evil. The outcome is clear, certain, and decided.
We are the ones in the midst of a daily spiritual battle. We find ourselves fighting for our very lives. But where is our victory? Who is our victory? And why are we still fighting this war alone? We have not enlisted Him, and until we lay down our weapons and take up His, we will suffer defeat. As we continue our solitary struggle, He patiently stands by, loving us enough to allow our defeat. But when we call on God, His sheer size and awesomeness strikes fear in His enemies. The universe rests in the palm of His hand. He makes earth His footstool.
His anger and wrath once brought Egypt to its knees and allowed a nation of slaves to walk out as free men and women. And when Pharaoh and his army pursued Israel, expecting to enslave them again, God swallowed them whole in the Red Sea.
Why do we not call on Him? It’s often because we want to win the war; we want the glory. We crave recognition and want the attention focused on us. When God shows up, however, the battle is immediately over—and we didn’t lift a finger. That’s hard on our egos. Our pride can’t take that, so we fight on—while the One Who “trample[s] down our enemies” (v. 13) waits to hear us say, “Give us aid.”
Who is fighting the battles in your life—you or God?

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