Not Built for Battle

A devotion on Deuteronomy 20:4

For the LORD your God is he who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
–Deuteronomy 20:4

Scorpions are built for battle.

Their body is wrapped in an armor-like exoskeleton and led by two puffed-up pincers, like the arms of a wrestler fresh from a workout. On one side of their body are several eyes, and on the other, a strong venomous stinger. Eight nimble, muscular legs enable them to climb rough surfaces spider-fashion.

Humans, on the other hand, are hardly battle-ready. Our flat incisors are barely adequate for ripping meat. Our skin tears easily. Our nails break. And if we really want to fight an enemy, we need protective clothing: armored vehicles, shields, manmade weapons, or God’s supernatural power.

Our bodies and minds were built for something greater — love. Our mouths are best used for encouraging, our lips for smiling, our arms for embracing, our ears for listening, our hands for helping, our fingers for fixing.

We were made to actively love God and others. It’s God’s first command!

If we are walking a righteous path and have acquired enemies, like the children of Israel escaping slavery in Egypt, or David running from jealous king Saul, or Jesus on trial, then our enemies are God’s business. The war we fight is His.

We can’t lay down our faith when we stand before haters. We are still Christ-followers, kind, self-controlled and loving. Hand over your battles to Him. Trust God to discipline. Let Him save you.

Prayer

Dear God, Thank You for being willing to fight my battles for me. I trust You implicitly. You are the only armor I need. I know You are my salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Reflection

How have I experienced God fighting on my behalf?