I remember when I was in grade school, I used to love playing “Tug of War”. I anticipated the day in gym class, when my teacher would announce that we were going to be on teams and test our strength. My group won tug of war almost every year. I would always end up towards the back of the line, and used all of my strength to pull the rope. I never once questioned my strength, I just pulled. A smile would light up my face as I saw the other team hit the ground, defeated.
Strength: the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force
“I never once questioned my ability to resist being moved or broken by a force”
Defeat: to cause (someone or something) to fail
“I saw the other team hit the ground, causing them to fail”
Currently I need strength to finish my Bachelor’s degree. I will be finished with my Liberal Studies degree in September. I have been in college for 7 years. I have had to overcome DEFEAT and have had to rely on the STRENGTH on the Lord to get me to this point that I am at right now. I can be honest to say I feel weary. I struggle heavily in math and I constantly worry that I won’t make it over the finish line. College is not just important for me, but for my family as well. Neither of my parents have their college degrees. My victory is not only for me but for my family. It’s a lot of pressure.
God’s Word says: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
I say with my mouth that I trust God with my life, but my actions shows differently. impatience grips me like a tight hug, making it hard for me to let God’s plans for my life blossom. Leaning to God’s understanding, means letting go what I think is right or “good” for my life at the moment. I rely on my own strength instead of relying on the strength of the ONE who died for me. Jesus. Without Jesus, I fail. I become defeated. My distrust becomes the thing that holds me back. My distrust creates a barrier between me and my Beloved.
Reality Check: ” For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Through life’s”Tug of War”, God provides the tools of power, strength and discipline to overcome each obstacle thrown our way. He only requires us to trust in him, take up our cross, and to follow him. Trusting in God does not mean that we have to be fake with our feelings and our fears. God knows our thoughts and our every move. He who created the stars and the moon, knows when the going gets tough. He has put us on an amazing team to win each “tug of war” battle, against the Devil. Through our prayers, faith, and obedience. We become warriors on the playground of life each and every time.
God has given you the ability to resist the force of being broken and defeated. Never once question your strength. You help comes from the Lord.
Reality Check: but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
So when you are feeling DEFEATED ( to fail), look back on the strength that God has provided you and trust that he can and will deliver you from all of life’s “Tug of Wars”.