Have you ever played tug-of-war? Our church youth group seems to play it every year during the team competitions. Guys and girls will gather on each end of the rope and when the whistle blows, they pull ‘til they have nothing left in them or until someone wins.
Yesterday felt like a tug-of-war between me and the enemy. Just when I thought I was making progress and about to win the battle, he yanked hard and I almost went tobbling over. The key; however, to winning a tug-of-war isn’t the person at the front of the rope. The key is all in the anchor, the one at the end of the rope who digs their heels in and refuses to budge. Fortunately, for me, Jesus is my anchor [Hebrews 6:17-20]. No matter how weak or strong I may feel in any given situation, Jesus has my back.
Ephesians 6:10-12 reminds us we aren’t battling against flesh and blood. We’re fighting “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” We’re told in Ephesians 6:13-18 to put on the full armor of God then to stand [verse 13]. How do we fight by standing?
Exodus 14:14 says “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Fortunately for you and me, our victory doesn’t depend upon our muscle. It depends on His and He is victorious, always [1 Corinthians 15:54, 57]. We are to equip ourselves with the Word of God, being prepared with it in season and out of season, then leave the rest to the Lord [2 Timothy 4:2].
Are you feeling like you’re getting jerked around? Is it just one tug after another? Hold on tight, because Your Daddy is about to show the world who the boss is on the playground of life. Never forget, our Daddy is bigger than any bully who shows up!