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.
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.
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.
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.