Ever since I can remember, I have always struggled with fear. There have been seasons of my life where I felt as if fear was going to swallow me whole. But, within the last few years there has been a very real battle going on in my heart. A battle for truth and an answer to the call to not only mother, but to simply just live, with faithful courage. I have been warring with the fear that the darkness of this world will overtake me. Seeing the events in the news, what goes on in my own city, and the people that I encounter – many days all I see is darkness. There is this sense that wickedness will engulf me; so I fight to lift my heart to the truths found only in the testimony of God’s faithful word.
And again Jesus spoke to them saying “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life” John 8:12
Though I walk in the midst of trouble you preserve my life you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies and your right hand delivers me. The LORD will fulfill his purposes for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands Psalm 23:4
The LORD is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid…Though an army encamp against me my heart shall not fear though war arise against me yet I will be confident. Psalm 27:1,3
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.
I encourage you to fight. Fight to remember that we serve a God whose greatness is not threatened by the sinfulness of man. To the degree that this world is ruled by darkness and wickedness (Eph 6:12) God’s light and holiness infinitely more abounds. His plan and purposes always come about and darkness cannot overtake it (Eph 1:3-14, Heb 13:20). God is calling us to be participants in his work for his kingdom but we must be strong and courageous in Him (Joshua 1:7-9, Eph 6:10-20). God is always at work, He ultimately is doing all the work but He calls us to be ready for the battle.
Fight for your spiritual vitality
Fight for the hearts of your children
Fight for purity
Fight to continuously strengthen your marriage
Fight to know Him intimately and make Him known to people you encounter.
Don’t shrink back but be ready for the war. Our God is not only on our side but he has already won the battle.