J.R.R.Tolkien, Lord of the Rings:
[the army of Isengard starts charging at the walls of Helm’s Deep]
Theoden: “I will not risk open war.”
Aragorn: “Open war is upon you whether you would risk it or not.”
Isn’t that so very true of our own lives. We may not choose to risk open war, but we find ourselves fighting some pretty horrendous battles, anyway! That is just…reality.
In Ephesians 6:12, Paul says this about our battle as believers: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
As Christians, do we really believe that open war is upon us whether we risk it or not? Or are we fooling ourselves continually by ignoring that fact and then find we are surprised and more deeply hurt than we should be when things don’t go well or go horribly and inexplicably wrong?
If we choose Christ…we choose some additional challenges that others may not experience. But those who don’t lean into Him are in some horrific battles of their own…on their own.
As believers, we have been given weapons that are mighty for the purpose of demolishing strongholds! (2 Corinthians 10:4)
If we choose to face the fact that open war is upon us whether we choose it or not…we will be more likely to remember to look to God and use the weapons He has provided. One of those amazingly powerful weapons is prayer! As we pray and trust our God to direct us through the battles, we will come to understand with certainty that He is behind us, beside us and before us. We will draw comfort from the fact that He is with us and in us!
We will begin to walk in the certainty that the battles are His… and because of Him…the ultimate victory is ours!!
Who can ask for anything more?