In the last post, I discussed how David went to King Saul to let him know that he would fight Goliath. David volunteered himself. Today, I want to discuss how to respond “when the fight chooses you.” Unlike David, you didn’t volunteer, but you were volunteered for the fight.
I have had those fights that I knowingly signed up for. For example, choosing to marry my husband who had signed up for the military while we were dating, and knowing the uncertainty of that life. Even choosing to accept Jesus as my Savior, and the knowledge of his and his disciples persecution was something that I signed up for. So, it’s not that you don’t know that you will have to fight, but it is when the fight summons you by name that may sneak up on you.
When the fight chooses you, it’s like the wind is knocked out of you. You weren’t expecting it, it caught you off guard. I believe there are some strategies that will make us victorious despite our initiation and lack of knowledge of the fight.
You Must Remain Standing
When the fight chooses you, you must remain standing. Yes, at first you are caught off guard, but once you realize your name has been called, you must find that second wind to stand. Standing is not solely about physical strength, but it’s also about the inner strength we get from the Power that lives inside of us.
The fight chose Job. In Job 1:6-8, 12 (AMP): 6 Now there was a day when the sons (the angels) of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (the adversary and accuser) also came among them. 7 And the Lords said to Satan, From where did you come? Then Satan answered the Lord, From going to and fro on the earth and from walking up and down on it. 8 And the Lord said to Satan, Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who [reverently] fears God and abstains from and shuns evil [because it is wrong]? 12 And the Lord said to Satan (the adversary and the accuser), Behold, all that he has is in your power, only upon the man himself put not forth your hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
Job’s decision to stand was shown when he worshiped the Lord despite his cattle, servants, and children being killed (Job 1:13-19 AMP). Job 1:20-22 (AMP): 20 Then Job arose, and fell down upon the ground, and worshiped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
You Must Accept the Challenge
When the fight chooses you, you have to accept the challenge. After you stand, you accept whatever comes with the fight. Job 2:7-10 (AMP): 7 So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord and smote Job with loathsome and painful sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself, and he sat [down] among the ashes. 9 Then his wife said to him, Do you still hold fast your blameless uprightness? Renounce God and die! 10 But he said to her, You speak as one of the impious and foolish women would speak. What? Shall we accept [only] good at the hand of God and shall we not accept [also] misfortune and what is of a bad nature? In [spite of] all this, Job did not sin with his lips. Job’s acceptance of the fight, showed he understood that God was in control.
Don’t Contend With God
When the fight chooses you, it’s important that we don’t contend with God. The Enemy will be throwing everything at you all at once, and it can be difficult to see straight at times. But in those times, it is important to know whom your struggle is with. You don’t want to find yourself fighting against the wrong person-God.
We know that we have lost sight of the real Enemy, when we feel righteous in our own eyes. Job had 3 friends that visited him while experiencing his lost. Each one of them gave him their reason why he could be experiencing such calamity. Still, Job could not see it. And a another man named Elihu was there to enlighten him. Job 32:1-2 (AMP): 1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was [rigidly] righteous (upright and in right standing with God) in his own eyes. [But there was a fifth man there also.] 2 Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became indignant. His indignation was kindled against Job because he justified himself rather than God [even made himself out to be better than God].
Elihu continued to tell Job what the other friends did not or just would not tell him. Job 33:8-13 (AMP): 8 Surely you have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of your words, saying, 9 I am clean, without transgression; I am innocent neither is there iniquity in me. 10 But behold, God finds occasions against me and causes of alienation and indifference; He counts me as His enemy. 11 He puts my feet in the stocks; He [untrustingly] watches all my paths [you say]. 12 I reply to you, Behold, in this you are not just; God is superior to man. 13 Why do you contend against Him? For He does not give account of any of His actions. [Sufficient for us it should be to know that it is He Who does them.] It is very important to have people in your life that will provide a Godly perspective when you are going through difficult times.
Heed the Voice of God
When the fight chooses you, you must heed the voice of God. After Elihu had finished speaking to Job, God began to speak to him out of the whirlwind (Job 38:1 AMP). If we are honest, we can say that we have received a Godly perspective from friends, preachers, teachers, etc., and did not truly accept it. I mean at the moment they were speaking we did, but after the conversation was over, we could think of a million reasons why we shouldn’t listen.
God knows our hearts and what we are and are not receptive to. So, God spoke to Job himself. He wanted to know where he was when He was laying the foundation of the earth (Job 38:4 AMP). He said to Job in 40:8 (AMP): Will you also annul (set aside and render void) My judgement? Will you condemn Me [your God], that you may [appear] righteous and justified?
Finally, Job acknowledges his wrong and repented (Job 42:1-6 AMP). And God told him to pray for his 3 friends because they did not speak of Him in the right way. So, Job prayed for his friends and God turned his captivity and returned unto him twice as much as he had lost (Job 42:7-10 AMP).
Over 2,000 years ago, the fight chose Jesus. He chose to stand and accept the challenge of the cross. He did not contend with God the Father, but heeded to his plan to die on the cross for the sins of the world. Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11 AMP).