This past weekend was full of sweet moments, blessings, laughter, and rich conversation. My husband and I shared a meal with dear friends who were passing through town. They have known my husband for over twenty-five years and were involved in our wedding years ago. Saturday was spent resting, enjoying the quiet, and late in the evening, time was spent with another dear friend, Erin. The three of us sat in the living room sharing our hearts, reflecting on how things have gone on since we last gathered together.
It was a rich, sweet, and precious weekend. The more I think of it, I realize that part of my joy came from our interwoven lives, our shared faith, and the tenacity to maintain our relationships even when time and distance separated us. Our friend, Erin, is wise, discerning truths that would rather stay hidden, and will lovingly ask the hard questions to help us see a new view when we need it. It was during this weekend that I recognized the armor we all wear as well.
Our friends, Brandon and Margo, have continued to wear their armor to battle against the enemy throughout their marriage. Now, as their first daughter begins the steps from their home, they continue to battle for protection, wisdom, honor, and respect for her and for the potential relationship. Brandon truly is the man of God who wears his armor to defend his home against the enemy and to lead his family on a godly path. It is encouraging to watch the way he loves his wife, ensures her care and comfort, and loves his friends deeply.
Erin is a warrior as well. She has battled many versions of the enemy throughout her years. She is tender, loving, and fierce. Her armor is not always visible, but it is always in reach. Her best pieces are her sword, shield, and breastplate. She knows she is a daughter of the One True King and will not allow the enemy try to take away her position.
I have been continually blessed by these three people who remind my husband and me, both individually and together, that we all stand together. Shoulder to shoulder, shield to shield, facing the enemy who roams this earth to seek, kill, and destroy us. But through the amazing grace of God when the enemy strikes we support each other. It may be a text, a call, a message on social media, and best of all, through prayer, each person held up to the Throne Room of God.
We fight on as warriors, we stand side-by-side, and we kneel before our Lord. It is this reality that helps us when we stumble, when we doubt, and when we wonder why He led us on this portion of our journeys. We can follow Jesus because He is the Ultimate Warrior, I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war (Revelation 19:11, bold mine).
I don’t stand alone when I stand in battle against the enemy, I stand with my brothers and sisters in Christ who are wearing their armor, ready for battle. Scripture says that the battle belongs to the LORD (1 Samuel 17:47). But when we fight we are not fighting to win the battle, as Priscilla Shirer describes it, “We are fighting from victory, not for it.” The Lord has taken the victory. It was secured when Christ died and was resurrected three days later. His death and resurrection confirms that death has lost forever. We can know that we battle behind God, not in front of Him.
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17, bold mine).
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:47, bold mine).
This is why when we fight on, dear Warrior, we can trust that He has gone before us and the victory is His.