As I was developing this blog, I came up against many obstacles I wasn’t prepared for. Turns out I’m no tech guru and learning how to design a website involves a steep learning curve. I scoured Pinterest for any and all information related to site design. My laptop sat open, a blank WordPress template taunting me for hours and days. I knew what I wanted. I just didn’t have the skills to execute it.
Then the doubt set in. Maybe I’m not supposed to do this. Maybe I can’t do this. It’s too hard. I’ll never figure it out. I felt like I stood alone on the battlefield, outnumbered and unarmed.
Then I read the verse of the day I receive on my phone:
“But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.”
Psalm 59:16-17 ESV
We aren’t meant to be strong. God is strong. He is strength. When we are overcome; when we are weak; when we are not enough, we are commanded to run to God. He is our fortress.
We can be free from the shame of our weakness because our God surrounds us with His strength.
But God is so much more than just a fortified defense. He promises not only to provide a place of strength from which to fight, He promises to fight for us.
As the Israelites approached the Red Sea, with the powerful Egyptian army swiftly descending upon them, they became terrified and cried out to God. He heard their cries and answered.
“And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Exodus 14:13-14 ESV
When we reach the end of our human strength, like the Israelites who saw no earthly way out, we are tempted to retreat or to complain against God. Instead, let us stand still. Remain calm, don’t panic. God’s got it from here. There are no lost causes, no soul beyond redemption. Our God has infinite resources and infinite reach. Our God can.
So what does it look like to fight from the fortress of God? It certainly doesn’t mean sitting idly atop the wall. It means we don’t give up when we can’t figure it out. It means we suit up in the armor of God and fight with all we are and all we have to keep going. And we trust that when we reach the end of ourselves, God will press on.
Let our hearts be transformed with an eternal awareness of eternal strength.
How can you choose to battle the enemy from the walls of God’s fortress today?
Do you trust He will fight for you?