Have you ever watched a movie where there is a war scene? Two opposing parties charge towards each other with their weapons in their hands, roars bolting from their mouths, and faces matching their burst of adrenaline. Now do you remember seeing any one sitting on the sidelines just watching the battle when they should be fighting? Probably not, right!
This season, or for many of us–seasons, has been rough. The battles we have been facing seem even different than our previous ones. Our enemy is turning up the heat as his time runs out. It feels like we are in a pressure cooker and as the pressure rises, we feel like we are going to explode. Maybe your hope, too, is starting to fade. Maybe your faith feels like it is in jeopardy. Maybe you tell God every other day that you are ready to quit. Maybe you lost your inspiration and motivation. Maybe you lost your discipline. Maybe you know God is hearing you but you still won’t fully trust Him. Maybe you are so tired that you went to sit down, maybe even went to sleep on the battlefield.
The devil, our enemy, grins diabolically. He sees he is wearing us out, life is wearing us out, and we are even wearing our own selves out with worry. Now he just needs us to give up and walk away. We are not realizing that members of our squadrons is gaining ground. We are not realizing that God had given someone on our team the strategy to overcome. We don’t see God release favor to one of our friends. We don’t realize that our fellow brother or sister in Christ has a rhema word and has been praying it over our situations. We didn’t realize God was allowing us to be tested and pruned so He can prepare us for the next assignments and levels in our lives.
We know it is heavy and tiresome. We are talking about that spiritual, emotional, and mental exhaustion and weariness, but let us not give up. Let us learn to rest in God so we can be prepared for any battle and have all we need for it. It has been said often times people give up right before the blessing comes. Let us not faint although we have been weary. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9). Allow God’s grace to kick in because His grace is sufficient.
Sometimes we are often worn out because we are trying to carry the load alone or carry it period. Let us give all our worries and cares to God for He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Sometimes we are overthinking and overdoing because we have put our trust in the wrong things and not in God. Sometimes we are worn out because we don’t see ourselves the way God does and we are operating through faulty lenses (wrong mindsets and faulty perspectives of our own identity). We think our value comes from what we do and who they say we are. Sometimes we get weary and hopeless because we lose focus and get preoccupied with what is going wrong in our lives and with what someone else has versus what we have. Sometimes we get weary because we fail to understand that storms will come irregardless of our standing with God or not. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world”(John 16:33).
Sometimes we grow weary because we expect God to work in our time and our way. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Not our will, but God’s will. Sometimes we are weary because we have the wrong people on our team. Is that person distracting you and moving you farther away from God? Sometimes we are weary and opt for a seat on the sidelines of the battle because we are not abiding in the presence of the Lord, developing the fear of the Lord, and walking in His will and wisdom. In these last days, we cannot afford to live outside of the presence of God. There is safety, unfailing love, joy, wisdom, guidance, stability and more in the presence of God. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).
There is also victory in the presence of God. When we are in the presence of the victor who is also our creator and Father, we know our position. We also know that despite the external circumstances, dark clouds and frightening storms, the final outcome is in His hands. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
So, get back up and off the sidelines. Take one day at a time. Put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). Stay alert. Watch and pray. Talk to God daily; listen when He speaks. Read His Word daily and learn His voice. Remind yourself who God is and remind yourself of His promises. You can go unafraid to the battle line because God has went before us and His team has already won. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “There are plans for good and not for disastor, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
Why are you sitting on the sidelines of your battle? What is your battle? And what is God doing in your battle? How are you growing? And what still needs to be done for you to overcome?