In my last post I made the case that a universal theme of history and world religions is that we as humans are in a fight. My tradition, the Christian faith, teaches that there is a battle raging between the forces of God and Satan, good and evil, etc. Furthermore, the Bible regularly uses war terminology and imagery. For example, the Scriptures teach that “God is a warrior” who will “fight for” his people (Exodus 14—15).
Now, after we acknowledge that we are in a battle (the nature of which I will define more precisely later), we need to know who is on our side. Simply put: who is fighting alongside us?
The answer to that question brings us good news! For all those who know and love Jesus Christ, God is on our side and he is our general. There are many characteristics of God that could be expressed here, but allow me to focus on just three. First, God is all-knowing or omniscient. Romans 11:33—34 expresses this characteristic poetically: “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has ever been his counselor?’” Hebrews 4:13 puts it bluntly: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” So, bottom line, we have a commander who knows all the details of our war: our enemies’ strategies, strengths and weaknesses, along with our resources to fight them.
Second, our commander is omnipresent. In Jeremiah 23:24 God asks rhetorically: “Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him? Do not I fill heaven and earth?” In Psalm 139:7—10 King David declares in wonder: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Our God sees our enemies’ wherever they may be hidden.
Lastly, and the best part of all: our commander is omnipotent. Colossians 1:15—19 articulates the supremacy of Jesus Christ: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him…”.
Regardless of whatever battles you are currently fighting, be assured that God is greater, God is stronger and God will help you overcome. Ephesians 3:20 says “[God] is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask for imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” and Romans 8:37 proclaims “…we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
If you are battling against anxiety or fear or despair or doubt, turn to our all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful commander who is on your side!
In my next post, I plan on describing two other comrades who fight alongside us.