Fight or Flight

Most of us understand what the meaning of fight or flight means. This is the response we have to a perceived dangerous situation. Are we fighting or fleeing? I think we can apply this to the dilemma we are now facing.

I was having a conversation with the Lord again about the current circumstances we all find ourselves in with COVID-19 and the current political climate. How do I position myself in the middle of the mess? I feel like I need to do both…fight and flight. I know, that sounds a bit schizophrenic doesn’t it?

I will fight while I take a stand against evil and I will run to Jesus when I am overwhelmed. Ephesians 6:11-13 in the Passion Translation reads like this: “Put on God’s complete set of armor provided for us, so that you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser! Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious.” I will keep declaring the truth I know and I will fight until the end.

Now, I do not have all the answers to our political issues but is it not possible that God can protect me in the darkest of days? If the things change drastically for America is God still BIGGER than the Goliaths facing me? Yes, he can and yes he is! Psalm 91:1-4 says, “He is the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence. He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and he will protect you from false accusation and any deadly curse. His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.”

My God is either everything he declares himself to be or he is not. I choose to believe that even IF things do not turn out as I hope he is able to keep me. In Jeremiah 29 the Lord instructed Jeremiah to have a letter sent from Jerusalem to all the remaining exiled elders, priest, prophets and people Nebuchadnezzar had deported to Babylon. He told them that they would be in captivity for seventy years but that they should build houses, plant gardens, marry, have children and pray for the prosperity of the city. If they would do that he would bless them during captivity. This was not what they all wanted to hear but God proved to be faithful to them the entire time.

Got questions? We all do! So, I am going to continue to armor up and run to Jesus. I know of no other path. When I am confused I am running to the Rock. When it is time to engage in battle I will be ready. I would rather go to sleep and wake up the next day to an entirely different scenario than the one that now exists but I must cling to Jesus ever more tightly until the battle is over.

So, don’t give up, stay the course and endure to the end because there is a prize at the end of the race. One day we will see the One who fought with us, carried us through the storm and held us close when we were scared. He is more than able to all that we can imagine or think. Stay strong in the Lord, he is able.

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