Sometimes when there are no words, no energy, no tears left…
When the mountain ahead is so high, too rocky, threatening your very existence…
The thrashing waves are crashing over and over and over straight on YOUR HEAD for crying out loud and you can’t even find your way up to get one last breath– you feel as though you’re sinking with two dead weights strapped to each of your feet. It’s just down, down, down…
When those around you– the ones who have promised to be there and love you no matter what have slipped and let you down in more ways than you can count…
When what you’ve been waiting for keeps slipping from your hands time and time again and you have no energy to run after it any more. You are a heap of dry tears because you don’t even have the strength to cry anymore. You thought this was your future, and it seems as if it will never happen! You are losing hope, losing the will to try, losing faith.
When disaster after disaster hits, intimidating you to the point of waiving your white flag and succumbing to your lowest of lows…
This is the time.
When you have nothing left to give.
Nothing left to offer.
Nothing in you that can fight.
This is the time…
Let Him fight for you.
The Lord your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt. And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place. ~Deuteronomy 1:30-31
I love how in the book of Deuteronomy Moses outlines the Israelites’ history and their journey throughout the wilderness. They were about to reach the promised land, and they were weary. Weary from 40 years of wandering, weary from eating manna, weary from travel. And yet before they would cross the river into that special place God had prepared for them, Moses reminded them of all they had been through to get to this point, and warned them of what was ahead. Even though what awaited them was what seemed like an illusion of grandeur (it was that good), Moses knew these people. They’re just like normal people, after all. He knew their tendency to fold and cave and disobey. He knew all of it; he’d seen it all! In their weariness, he knew they would be frightened at the “taller and more powerful” (Deut 1:28) people they would face in the new land. They were so tired from the journey. Yet Moses reminds them that the LORD is going ahead of them and will fight FOR them!
Let Him fight for you too.
Whatever journey you’ve been on, although weary to the point of caving, folding, disobeying… Let Him fight FOR you. His arm is never too short (Num 11:23).
Moses reminds them again:
Do not be afraid of the nations there, for the Lord your God will fight for you.” ~Deuteronomy 3:22
He will fight for you dear friend. In your weariness, in your despair, in your overwhelm… Let Him fight.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grown weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. ~Psalm 73:26