Some trust in chariots and some in horses,but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. - Psalm 20:7-8
I don’t think many of us typically think of our lives as battlefields. But, the truth is, every aspect of our lives is deeply rooted in the spiritual battle for our souls and the souls of the people around us. Satan does a great job of covering that up and keeping us focused on the day-to-day things that fill our lives: school, marriage, parenting, work, financial concerns, family matters, and the like.
So, when areas of our lives start to have troubles or we go through rocky waters, it’s easy for us to begin to plan and strategize a solution. Which, if you look at it from a worldly perspective, is exactly what you SHOULD do. However, I want to remind you of what I said at the beginning: Satan wants us to view our lives apart from the spiritual realm. We start to believe that although God is big enough to work out the eternal salvation of our souls, he really isn’t too concerned about the “smaller” areas of our life. These are things WE need to fix on our own.
I fear that as Christians, we spend far too much of our lives strategizing and solving problems with our own power (which is truly no power at all). We too quickly rely on our own wisdom and ideas to get the job done, then wonder why we never see God working in supernatural, awesome ways. For example, when my husband and I started working with our church’s youth group years ago, we planned a fantastic year of events and engaging Bible studies. Yet, week after week, with all our advertising and effort, all we could show for it was 2-3 teens showing up.
Then we changed our focus.
We started praying.
We realized that God had to be the one to bring about revival in our youth. We started by praying for 10 teens to come to Bible study one week. And, would you believe it, 10 teens (exactly) showed up that week! So we started getting more bold and started to pray for 15 and 20 until we were praying for 25 teens and God was bringing that number each week! What a humbling experience and what a faith building lesson to see God’s power over our own.
I’d like to say that we’ve learned our lesson and in the years since we've always turned to God rather than ourselves, but I’d be lying.
Handing our life over to God is hard... really hard.
You see we find ourselves in a situation like this again. Our foster daughter’s case is one month away from the big termination of rights trial. (Basically, it decides whether we'll be able to adopt her or if she will go back with a biological parent.) It feels like everything is fighting against her staying in our home right now. The case appears to be lining up in favor of her parent and everything in me wants to shout, to fight, and to show the courts how crazy that is. I want to defend ourselves when caseworkers say things about us that are untrue. I want so badly to fix this MYSELF.
But, who do I think I am? Wasn’t it God who moved my husband and I into this crazy foster care world? Wasn’t it God who brought “Autumn” so clearly, so specifically into our home? Why would I stop trusting God now, and start relying on myself to win the battle. He has shown over and over in the Bible and in my own life that he is always reliable, always knows best, and always comes though (James 5:13-18).
Let’s put off our own ideas and our own strength and exchange them for a life of prayer and trusting God to be our solution. I can guarantee that when you start looking to the God of the universe for help you will be blessed to see the supernatural power of God come through for you! And that’s exactly what Satan doesn’t want. The truth is, he can thwart any plan of man; he is way more powerful than us. However, he cannot stand against the authority of God and the power of his Spirit at work in our lives.
Let's keep viewing our lives from a the spiritual perspective. Let's not lose heart and give up, but rather, let's continue to do our fighting on our knees, calling on the God who’s strength and power cannot fail.