As men, most of us walk around feeling as if we have to have the answer to any problem that is put before us. It gives us a sense of security to know (or think) that we can handle whatever is thrown our way.
Most of us fall into this trap of being self-sufficient, but what do we do when the no-win situation occurs? How do we handle the unthinkable – the things we aren’t prepared for? What do we do when we find ourselves in a bad situation and we’re left with only one thought on our mind,”what do we do now”? What attitude should a man have when faced with insurmountable odds and enemies everywhere he or turns?
First of all, we need to get a correct perspective on the situation. If we really think about it, the odds against us are always insurmountable. We are each just one individual out of billions trying to make it in life with very little insight into the spiritual side of the universe; all while our enemy, Satan (a spiritual being), is rallying his troops (also spiritual beings) to attack our spirit and lead us to failure.
Those my friends are insurmountable odds…except for one thing: Jesus.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
”What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Jesus made the way for us to win. With our lives led by Christ, we can look at the enemies surrounding us on all sides and know that while the enemy may have brought his forces to bear with the intent of our destruction, God allowed them to align in such a way to ensure they are brought within our sphere of influence so that we can be victorious and conquer that enemy in the name of Christ.
I think the words of USMC General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, spoken as a rallying cry when his troops were overwhelmingly surrounded in battle, say it best:
Based on our relationship with Christ and knowledge of what His word says about us, our perspective should be changed to give us hope and expectation about a coming victory rather than despair about a coming defeat. Psalm 121:1-2 tells us that we should look to Him for help and not ourselves in response to more than we can handle.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
With the Maker of heaven and Earth leading us, all we have to do is “let go and let God”, as the oft-used phrase goes. So many of the Bible’s greatest recorded victories over the enemy were based in this simple concept that still stands true today: Trust Him, rest in Him, and move in obedience when He says move, knowing that He has us – and our situation – well in hand!
As General Chesty said, “they can’t get away from us this time.” Go get ’em, men!