Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional. – M. Lucado
Upon re-uniting with his brother Esau, Jacob expected a battle that never came. God was in the meeting. Hmm!
It’s a given in life that we will encounter conflict, for everyone is not on our side. Jesus told us we would have troubles, and we see from His life He had continual conflict with the religious rulers of the day. They had made a mockery of His Father’s commands and teachings, and He had come to set things back in order. And of course they resisted. I think we are all familiar with such circumstances whether it be with our spouse, children, siblings, co-workers, or friends. And yes, our anger or ire may rise, but it is in these moments that our faith should direct our response in such a way that it still honors God. God has promised to fight our battles and He is true to His word. There is not a promise God has made that He has not fulfilled, our response is to give it over to Him. Before the words or fists or feathers start to fly, we need to invite God into the battle.
“…..do not be afraid or discouraged because of this great vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” – II Chronicles 20:15