I am a soldier – a warrior – in the United States Army, but more important, I am a soldier – a warrior – in God’s Army. But I can’t fight a battle by myself. When I try to fight on my own, of my strength, I fail. Every time I will fail. However, when I give up my strength and take the hand of Jesus, He gives me His strength I am guaranteed to never fall. I may stumble now and again, but all I need to do is take His hand again and He pulls me back up into His arms. I gain His strength and He stays with me, because He promises to never leave me nor forsake me. Nothing I do could ever separate His love from me. I am safe when I with Him – safe to mess up, safe to forget, safe to come back and safe to be forgiven. He is always there, waiting with open arms and ready to take my hand again. It’s never Him that lets go. It’s always me who lets go when I think I can handle something on my own. When I inevitably fall, Jesus is still right there to catch me and pull me back up when I reach out for His hand. We walk together and He gives me His strength and the confidence I need to keep on driving on. I can be strong and courageous because of His hand in mine, leading me out of my sin and into my purpose and destiny.
We all struggle with something in this fallen world. We think we’re alone in our struggles, but we don’t have to be. We have Jesus fighting for us, with us, but He also gives us relationships to come alongside us in support and love. Because we all struggle with somethng in life, we can all relate in our struggles. Regardless of what the struggle with sin is, we know the feelings related to not being able to beat it. But there is One who will always win because He has already fought for us. Jesus sacrificed Himself in order to win the war against the enemy, and He comes alongside us in our battles. All we need to do is take His hand and walk beside Him, never letting go. Even if we do let go of His hand, He doesn’t keep walking away from us. He catches us when we fall so we have a soft landing. He picks us back up to our feet. He waits for us to reach out again for His hand. We then walk with Him again, side by side as the perfect team. It is only a perfect team because of Jesus. We can’t do it on our own, but anything is possible when we let Him lead and hold tightly to His hand along the way.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10