“Truths to Live By” – “The Battle is God’s” by Lucy Gorman
Does anyone else have those Bible verses that just pop up every now and again?
This is one of mine, I can’t even say I know the story surrounding it that well, but this is a verse my Mum gave to me when I was younger and every now and again when the going gets tough it miraculously springs to mind.
Working towards LGBT+ inclusion within the Church can also feel like a bit of a battle at times. I hesitate to use the word ‘battle’, because that’s not how Jesus calls us to respond to each other, but at the same time, you and I know, it’s hard work!
We all have our own personal battles. In the interest of honesty and openness, mine at the moment are my recent diagnosis with Crohn’s Disease and realising my sexuality isn’t quite as definite as I thought it was!
Take a minute, what’s yours? What’s going on in your life that feels like a bit of an uphill struggle?
Whatever we face in life, whether personal, or what feels like an ongoing battle within the Church, this verse, to me is reassurance. Reassurance that however vast the issue before us is, or seems, God is in charge, and the battle is not yours but His. Verse 17 goes on “Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”
We do not face our battles on our own, we do not have to feel the entire weight they bear, they are God’s and with his unfailing love, and promise we can get up, go out and face them day after day because the Lord is always with us.
Lord, Help us to remember, that you are with us through the good and the bad. When life seems too hard, too much of a battle, remind us that we are not alone and that when we draw you close, by our side we can conquer anything.
Tomorrow – the Revd Nigel Evans, “Don’t Panic!”, Isaiah 41: 10