God’s Word for Today: Fight. What better word to face a Friday with than the word fight? The first thing that comes to mind when you marry fight and Friday together is the difficulty of fighting the urge to leave work early because it is in fact, Friday. After all, you put in a good week’s work. You did more than was expected of you. You deserve your just reward. Why not leave work a couple of hours earlier than the norm? Oh what a fight in a person’s brain every Friday.
The fight we are discussing today though, is the fight in its true definition: verb, 1. Take part in a violent struggle involving the exchange of physical blows or the use of weapons; noun, 1. A violent confrontation or struggle.
Either way you look at it, as an action or a subject, fight is considered violent. And who really desires violence? Well, the other guy of course. “I would only be violent if I had to defend myself”, you say. Or, “The only way to fight violence is with violence.” So, what the heck, lets fight. Let’s flat get after it with words and fists and weapons and gangs and armies. Yeah, let’s fight. Oh #$%^*&^% boy.
When the dust settles and the fight is over, what do we then have? We have innocent victims of someone else’s fight who have been harmed. We have carnage and destruction. We have gone from the definition of fight to the true sense of ugly. That is what fighting does. Is there ever a winner? I mean, really??
Psalm 37:1-9. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
I probably should have put all of Psalm 37 here for you to read. I encourage you to take a few minutes, look up Psalm 37 and read the hole verse. Good stuff there. I guarantee those few minutes as one of the best things you do all day.
God is not asking you to be passive. God is not asking the men and women of our armed forces to kick back and let evil take its toll. No, one must defend themselves. One must do what they can to suppress evil. But, one must also learn to trust.
If you are spending your whole life looking for the next fight. Or maybe everyday seems like you have to fight just to get through it. Then my friend, you are doing something wrong.
Yesterday, I wrote about Tom. I tried to say that instead of Tom considering each day as a fight against ALS, Tom chose to “live” instead. Tom chose to trust in God. Think about it. God made the heavens and the earth. God made you and me. God made all good. I am pretty sure, in a fight, God will win.
Today, simply try not to focus on the fight. Let God do that. Instead, focus on what God put you on this earth to do. God wants you to trust in him and do good. Bring your little piece of good to this day. For soon, you will be given the reward of the land. Tom found his reward. Others we have dedicated words to, found their reward. And you know how they did it? Not by fighting others, but by seeking out and doing good for others……………………
Prayer: My dearest Lord, maker and creator of all things good, I have a problem. I see so much anger and hatred and violence that just seems to be getting worse every day. I see people pointing and blaming others. I see lots of solutions to violence by calling for more violence. I really am angry and want to fight. Forgive me Lord. You have made me to love. You want me to do good in the world. I ask for your strength today Lord, to be able to trust in your direction. To set my anger and urge to fight aside. To let you God, take care of evil. And, let me take care of what you ask me to do. Good. In Jesus, who gave his life rather than fight, name I pray. Amen.