We have all watched movies with battle scenes. In these scenes, you hear the cries of the warriors. Yet, in the end victory is claimed.
In today’s world, there are battle cries going out every day. These cries are cries of hunger, of trying to survive in today’s economy, job loss, addictions, and just plain ole’ hurts of the world. There are feelings of no hope and failure. I am sure that there are a few battle cries that I have not mentioned. No matter what battle cry is being screamed out, the pain is so deep. People in the midst of these cries are wondering if and when there will be a victory to claim. Some may even doubt God or even doubt that there is even a God. Faith is being tested.
Maybe you are in the midst of a struggle. Your heart is aching and you just don’t know which end is up. Your faith is in the midst of one of the biggest tests ever. If you are that person, at this very moment, fall into the Father’s arms and allow Him to carry you through the battle. Isaiah 4:6 tells us how we can run to the shelter of God’s arms in the midst of a storm. “And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat. for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.”
For me personally, I have experienced battle cries in my lifetime. There have been times when I wondered where God was and even questioned my faith. The questions I would ask were “Where are you God.” “God, why are you fixing this NOW?!” After throwing these questions to God and expressing my anger and impatience, I have fallen on my knees and said; “hear my cry, God.” “Hold me and walk me through this battle.” In other words, I totally surrendered to Him. It was when I surrendered to allow God to do His work and lift me up that my situation/burden got a little lighter and easier to handle. In the end, things didn’t always work out like I HAD planned but they worked out the way God had planned. Yet, in the end, I was able to claim my victory in Jesus Christ.
The video at the end of this post says a lot about the battle cries of life. It talks about a person feeling as though they have no hope, no where to go, and they feel as though they have fallen. The path that they are currently on is not the one they had planned to be journeying on. Yet, they cry out to God to lift them up. They put their lives into the hands of God. It is their faith in God that they see their future. A new life is before them because they are allowing God to be at work in their life. They are allowing God to lead them instead of them trying to lead God.
Battle cries are a part of living in this big world of ours. But, these battle cries are stepping-stones to being molded into the likeness of our Creator. These battle cries can cause us to give up hope or increase our hope and faith in God. The choice is ours. We can allow God to lift us up and take the lead. Or, we can just throw our hands up in the air, give up, become angry and carry bitterness in our hearts. If we choose the latter, we are denying ourselves a time to grow in our faith and the blessings God has planned for us in the storm and after the storm. So what is it going to be? Bitterness? Or Blessings?
I WILL lift up my eyes to the hills-
From whence come my help?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord IS your keeper;
The LORD IS your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from ALL evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and coming in.
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
- Ending Your Perfect Storm (scentofwaterministries.typepad.com)
- In the Battlefield…things aren’t always as they seem ~ (rodandrose.com)
- Faith is a powerful thing. (cpkidd09.wordpress.com)