My Contender

Have you ever been in a situation that left you feeling the need to fight? Maybe not physically, but possibly verbally or emotionally. Perhaps someone has wronged you or criticized you on some level. Or maybe it’s worse than that, and they’ve hurt someone you love, perhaps a child or a spouse. I’m confident at some point or another we’ve all been there. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always been a bit of a spitfire, and while I’ve come a long way in this area, there’s one thing that will set me off quicker than I like to admit: messing with my babies. You wanna see momma bear? Go ahead and mess with my cubs. And all the momma’s said… Amen!

Over the past couple of months, I have been under a slight, spiritual attack, and unfortunately, it seems as if it’s mostly been with people. My husband and I have recently stepped out in faith in a few different areas, and we recognize Satan longs to bring us down because of it. And knowing my lifelong struggle with rejection, he recognizes people are the best way to steal my joy and send me packing far away from where God wants me to be. Throwing in the towel and allowing Satan to win this battle would no doubt be easy at this point, but I am way more stubborn than Satan gives me credit for. So how do I fight my battles? How do I send him packing and still love the people who hurt me in the process?

Well, the short answer is, I don’t fight. Do I give up? Heck no! I give it over.

Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;

fight against those who fight against me! (Ps 35:1)

Awake, and rise to my defense!

Contend for me, my God and Lord. (Ps:35:23)

This, my friend, is how I fight my battles. I let God fight for me. When we pray, He fights. The word ‘contend’, in this setting of scripture, is the Hebrew word ‘Riyb’. It means to battle physically and verbally. Mark Batterson, in his book, Draw the Circle, explains it like this: he says, “It refers to both physical combat and verbal combat. So it runs the gamut from cage fighting to courtrooms”. God is both a mother bear (don’t mess with His children) and a defense attorney (pleading our case). So you see, we have no need to try and defend ourselves against naysayers and Pharaoh’s who live life determined to drag us down and get in the way of what God wants for us. We are God’s children, and He has our back. If God is for us, who can be against us. (Rm 8:31)  

Does allowing God to fight for us immediately remove the anger or bitterness we may feel? No, like everything else in life, it’s a process. When anger rises up, so should prayer. And little by little, the irritation, resentment, hurt, rejection, and the offense will all fade away until all that’s left is love. So I encourage you today, hit your knees and allow God to fight for you. Our greatest victories are won when our knees hit the floor.

 

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