A battle came totally unexpected. It was late in the evening and our choir practice had just ended. For some reason, I was the first to leave and the only one in the parking lot at church. I backed my car from its parking space and then heard the horrible sound of metal on metal. I jumped out and saw the car that I had missed seeing in the darkness. The horrible truth, I had hit someone’s parked car.

And then the war began. I heard a voice that whispered for me to simply get in my car and drive away. No one had seen, no one knew, I could get away with my actions and no one would be the wiser. The temptation to run was so great that I didn’t dare get back into the car. I was afraid I would listen to the tempter and go. So, I stood by my car until the other car’s owner emerged from the church. I apologized, gave him my contact information and promised to pay for all the damages.

I hadn’t awakened that morning with the knowledge that I would be in a battle later that evening, but a battle it was.

In our world, we maybe aren’t training for battle or wars like we would normally think, but the wars still rage because satan would like nothing more than to spoil our testimonies, or defeat us in our Christian walk. If he can’t keep us from coming to the Lord, he aims to destroy us in our faith.

We never know when the fight will emerge. We never know when the battle will erupt. A conversation with the opposite sex that lingers too long, the fight against our eyes viewing what is readily available via our computers, the money that doesn’t belong to us, the car accident that makes us want to flee, all are battles that can come into our lives.

The psalmist knew the battle. He also knew the weapons.

“Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.” Psalm 144:1-2

When the battle comes, the only safe place is to run to the Lord in prayer, stand securely on His Word, and surround ourselves with His loving presence and strength.

Lord, I never know when the battle will come, but I do know You. I rely on Your strength, not my own.

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