CONTENDING TOGETHER WITH GOD
Never before has my spirit been warring as it has the last few months. So much is at stake, and it feels as though the USA is being weighed in the divine balance. We can remember when our son, Samuel, was on life support after the house fire and we were told by many of our godly friends to fight, to contend for his resurrection. None of the credible prophetic voices said that he would be resurrected but that we should fight as none of our prayers would fall to the ground.
The meaning of the word “contend” has been highlighted to me lately. At the end of the book of Job God confronts Job and forcefully asks, “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!” (40:2)
Contending with God and together with God is different. The meaning of “contend” can denote a struggle against an idea, a person, or contending in a competition. It depicts a wrestling to win. After Sammy died I spent years contending with God. “He promised me…and now…wasn’t our faith enough?” How much prayer is enough? Then I came to a rude awakening. God is not in opposition to me or holding out on me. We are on the same team. We are both fighting the effects of a fallen world. We are called to a partnership in establishing his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. We are made in his image, and it is incumbent upon us to take up the authority he has given us. Even though the Israelites were told by God that he had given them the Promised Land, they still had to go into the land and defeat the enemies. Even though it was written by Jeremiah that Israel’s captivity was to be 70 years, Daniel fasted, repented and prayed for this word to come about.
Our human bodies contend for life until the end. How can we do any less in the battles we face today? Let us contend (declare, affirm, maintain, plead, espouse, profess, insist) until all that God has promised us both personally, corporately as his body, and world-wide comes to pass. His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Let us not give up. Against all hope Abraham believed and did not waver but was strengthened in his faith. God’s love and truth will prevail. No one can thwart his plans!