A lot of people protest against wars, and they have absolutely the right to do so. War is a terrible thing; and I don’t think anyone–who has a peaceful heart–can pronounce that war is a good thing. A lot of people return home from war not being the same person, nonetheless, a lot of people don’t even come back at all.
Today, Australia and New Zealand commemorates the Australians and New Zealanders who died at war in order to give their country freedom. This day is known as the ANZAC Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).
Why I write about war in this post comes from the fact that it’s ANZAC Day, but also because I realized that we are all, in fact, at war, too.
I like to think that I am a Soldier of God’s Army. But, unlike traditional military aspects, God’s Army is totally different. Instead of violence, God’s army uses peace. Instead of killing, God’s army uses love. Instead of hurting, God’s army uses healing. Instead of brutality, God’s army uses gentleness.
“So, you’re basically just telling us stuff that we already know??”
Well… not really. The thing that I admire about being a Soldier (a Christian soldier) is the fact that we have to be brave, we have to be strong, and we have to be courageous. A soldier demonstrates discipline, self-control, and obedience. Most importantly, a soldier also demonstrates leadership–a skill that can be used to bring people back in the ‘right track’.
All this reminds me of someone in the bible, and his name is Joshua.
Joshua was a brilliant military leader and had a strong spiritual influence. But the key to his success was his submission to God. When God spoke, Joshua listened and obeyed. He was basically committed to obeying God, and the book of Joshua is about obedience. Whether conquering enemies or settling the land, the book of Joshua showed that God’s people were required to do it God’s way.
Joshua 1:9 says, “9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
In this broken world today, every person who has accepted Christ in their lives faces a war: a spiritual war. Every day and every minute, the enemy wants to attack those who love God in order to have destruction, violence, and hatred conquer the world. Constantly, we are faced by the enemy’s traps; but God will always be there to protect us. Be strong! Be courageous! God’s army will always and forever be the strongest defence force, because God is just… bigger than everything (for a lack of a better explanation).
In the bible, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Paul writes, “3 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
I know it’s hard, but if you’re going through a difficult time, know that God’s in control. Whenever sadness wins over happiness, the enemy smiles. But, whenever we triumph over the enemy’s traps through God’s help and strength, man, a lot of good things will happen.
Thank you for your Word. Thank you that you’re always there to protect us from the enemy that we can’t see but can certainly feel. Help us not to be led into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. I pray in Your name that the enemy will have no authority over us, and that we are gentle soldiers in Your army, fighting against the ‘evil forces’ that bring corruption to this world; and we do this by just living to please you. Help us not to think through human reasoning or motives, but like Joshua, help us to be brave, courageous, and obedient to what you have called us to do.
In Jesus’ name,