In our last post we talked about not having to fight or strive for ourselves anymore when we encounter God and becomes princes of God in Christ.
So, if we don’t fight for ourselves, who does? Well, God.
Why would God fight for us? Can we really call ourselves princes of God in Christ?
God will fight for us because He made a promise to do so. When God first appeared to Abraham, the patriarch of Israel, He made this promise to Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.” (Genesis 12:3)
Throughout Israel’s exploits and journeys, whenever God was with them, He fought against their enemies and they always won, no matter how outnumbered they were. The books of Moses and Joshua records the wonderful promises of God fighting for them:
“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:14)
“For the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” (Deuteronomy 20:4)
“One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.” (Joshua 23:10)
Today, we who are not naturally born out of Israel (also referred to as ‘Gentiles’) can enjoy these promises when we receive Jesus into our lives. As a Man, Jesus came from the line of Abraham, and God’s promises were made to Abraham and his Seed, referring to Jesus, the Christ (Galatians 3:16). Therefore, we who are in Christ today are “all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus”, and being Christ’s, we are then “Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:26, 29). In short, princes of God.
So we who are in Christ don’t have to fight our own battles today, because the Lord our God has promised to fight our enemies for us. It is a promise made based on His goodness and faithfulness, not conditional upon our performance.
There is, however, just one catch: He will do it only if you ask Him to, then step aside and let Him do the fighting for you.
Reason being, God is a gracious God. He’s not going to just come in and save the day because He can. He gives us the ability to choose, whether we want to ask and let Him or depend on ourselves, and then like a perfect gentleman He respects our choice.
I can find no better illustration of this than in the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. When I first watched the movie, I wasn’t a Christian yet and some parts of the movie didn’t seem to make any sense to me. I loved the fantastical land and creatures that I remembered from my childhood reading of the story, and I thought the battle scenes were brilliant, especially the one-on-one duel between Peter and the evil king.
But I just couldn’t figure out what was the big deal about Aslan and why they kept talking about going to look for him. As if one lion can make a huge difference. And when Aslan finally came on the scene and I saw what happened in the final sequence with him and Lucy on the bridge against the multitude of enemies, I was like, whoa, that was anticlimactic. What was that all about?
Now there’s no easy way of doing this, so I’m just going to forego avoiding the spoilers in the hope of enhancing your understanding the next time you watch the movie. The Chronicles of Narnia is a Christian allegory, and Aslan is a picture of Jesus. The Pevensie siblings have come to know and believe in Aslan, so they are believers of Christ, each one representing a different type of believer.
For the better part of the movie, they get into the thick of things and do what needs to be done, as best as they can. Though they catch glimpses of Aslan along the way, they don’t pursue much further beyond wondering where he is and waiting for him to come to them. They make their own plans, which lead first to a bitter defeat and loss, and then to a major battle in which they are heavily outnumbered and quickly begin to lose. Finally we see Lucy, the youngest and smallest of the Pevensies, riding alone into the forest to find Aslan to help.
She finds him, of course, and he agrees to help, of course. They race to the battlefield, and with a single breath Aslan causes all that was dormant to come alive to help them. The trees move and tear through the enemy’s ranks and artillery with ease. And as the enemy’s armies retreat in haste to regroup, who should be there to meet them but a little girl and a lion, across the bridge. Lucy draws her dagger and stands still, as the enemy army charges towards her, and Aslan utters a magnificent roar, and the calm little river becomes a mighty and massive torrent that crushes the bridge and sweeps the entire army away.
All Lucy did was seek Aslan, show up and stand there. She never had to fight or strike a blow, because all it took was one roar from Aslan.
And that’s how God fighting for you looks like. Just like that and it’s over, and you stand victorious right when you thought you were in deep trouble.
When you let God do the fighting for you, you will see your enemies and giants defeated before your face. You will feast on the victory over your defeated challenges, as is spoken of God in the famous Psalm 23: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Psalm 23:5).
All you have to do is ask. Then sit back and rest in His strength and His promise.
And if you are still wondering, will God really fight for me, once I ask Jesus into my life and place my battles into His hands? Even after all that I’ve done? – know this: yes, He will.
Because when we encounter Jesus, we encounter grace.