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God Fights for Us

U.S. Air Force chaplains and chaplain assistants with the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, pose for a group photo in Peoria, Ill., April 8, 2018.

U.S. Air Force chaplains and chaplain assistants with the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, pose for a group photo in Peoria, Ill., April 8, 2018. The Chaplain Corps exists to support the spiritual resilience of our Airmen and to advocate for Airmen to leadership on moral, ethical and quality-of-life issues. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) (Logo, text, and cosmetic alterations were added to this photo.)

PEORIA, Ill. --

Recently I was reading some Israeli history from the Bible (1 Samuel) where Israel prayed (actually demanded) to have a king like the other nations.  Even though they were warned what a bad idea this was, they insisted, “No! We want a king so that we will be like all the nations, and so our king may rule over us and fight our battles,” (1 Sam 8:19-20). 

God placed Saul as king over them, and his kingship resulted in varying levels of progress and pain. Years earlier when fleeing Egypt and crossing the Red Sea, the Lord led Moses to say to the Israelites... “For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent,” (Exodus 14:13-14). 

Instead of King Saul, God wanted to be their King. But they preferred a mere mortal.

Sometimes it may seem like it makes more sense to get help from people we can see with our natural eyes, hear with our natural ears, and be present with in flesh and blood. Yet, you yourself may have a story of your own about how real God has been in your life, in that hopeless situation, when a mere mortal could not help you.

Whatever it is that you are battling today, remember the LORD almighty is on your side and will fight your battles.  You can put your hope fully in God. The battle may continue longer than you’d like, but God will never leave you. You are not alone.