Your God Fights for You

The word on the street is that the struggle is real. Life is war. A lifelong series of battles for our joy, for our purpose, for our image, and for our security. This war increasingly uncovers our insecurities, our shortcomings, and our inheritance of foolishness from those who have come before us. Mankind has yet to conquer this war alone. Our shortsightedness in our thinking leads us to try and win battles without the war in mind. We can win the battle for our joy in a moment, but in doing so we expose other areas of our heart’s to death.

Here are three passages from the scripture that will give you clarity as you wage war.

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
— John 15:13

The greatest moment of clarity you will receive in life is when you respond to what the Gospel is truly communicating. His Gospel is the greatest good news your ears could hear, your eyes could see, and your heart could fathom: God is fighting for you. He sees your situation, your battle, your weakness, and your every sin. And He comes to wage war on your behalf for His glory and your eternal victory. He is your greatest friend because He was willing and able to fight for you to the death.

Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
— Isaiah 53:1-5

In the Old Testament the Christ who was to come was described as the arm of the LORD. The revelation of God’s glory and saving power. He is a God of action. Jesus reveals this fully through becoming flesh, dwelling among us, and fighting for us. He endured rejection and shame so that we would become honored sons of God. He carried our sorrows so that we could take up His joy. He was crushed for our sin so that we might live in right standing before God in His righteousness.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
— Romans 8:31-39

If God is willing to save, then surely He is with us in the everyday battles we face as well. Nothing can separate us from His love and devotion. Our lifelong series of battles for our joy, for our purpose, for our image, and for our security become His battles. And as He fights for us we begin to realize that every battle was meant to point us in His direction. He is our greatest joy. He is our sole purpose. He made us in His image. And in Him we find eternal security.

Prayer: Jesus, I fix my eyes on You. Thank You for fighting for me. As I look to You, change the way I wage war today.

stephen murray