Let Freedom Ring

"Be still and know..." -Psalms 46:10

Merry Christmas {in July}

My favorite day of the year is upon us! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas and Thanksgiving, but the 4th of July still wins out by just a smidge for me! It’s all of my absolute favorite things in one day… fireworks, food, sunshine, sparklers, family, and friends (and did I mention fireworks?)

The fact that I’m able to enjoy this day so much every year is because of a fight for freedom. A big quest that looked impossible at some point in time is now my ordinary. I could not be more thankful for the men and women that have sacrificed and are sacrificing their lives so that I can sit here and write a new post on my blog with absolute freedom. They are the real reason that 4th of July is so amazing.

Thinking about the wars and battles that have lead up to now, God has taught me something about my own war that has been raging around me recently. As much as I have wanted to pick up my sword and send myself to the frontline, God has asked me to do the exact opposite. He has asked me to be still.

As much as I have wanted to pick up my sword and send myself to the frontline, God has asked me to do the exact opposite. He has asked me to be still. Click To Tweet

Really?

There have been so many times in my life that I have tried to fight my own battles. So many times that I have picked up the sword that is so much heavier than what I was meant to carry. Just like in the Bible when David was about to face Goliath and he was given all of this extreme armor that was way too heavy for his small body, I have taken on a weight that never belonged to me. Sure, there are times that God asks us to fight. There are times that he asks us to go to battle for our loved ones, our country, and our freedom (physical or spiritual), but there are other times that He asks us to be still. There are seasons that He wants to fight our battles for us while we remain still and planted in the faith that He knows what He is doing. He picks up the sword that is bigger than we are and goes to battle on our behalf.

God picks up the sword that is bigger than we are and goes to battle on our behalf. Click To Tweet

I get this beautiful imagery everytime I think about it. Imagine a young girl, maybe 4 or 5, sitting inside her house playing around in her princess dress. She sees a great battle raging around her home. As the commotion makes its way to her, she decides she must fight. She looks around and spots a bigger than life sword and grabs it. It takes her several minutes to pick it up and try to hold it upright, but she is finally able to hold it up enough.

She stays far away from the battle for a while, sword in hand, thinking about how much she doesn’t want to fight. She dreads the moment that the battle will progress her way, forcing her to fight. Several moments go by, but they finally make their way into her yard. They’re here. She is forced to fight.

She uses every muscle in her being to lift up the sword, and when she does, she feels a lightness. She looks up and sees Yahweh, her Father, holding the sword in His hand. He picks her up and carries her to a safe place. She watches as He fights her battles for her. She rests from the extreme exhaustion she is facing after working herself up so much. He demolishes everything in His sight, all while watching her. After what seems like many hours of watching Him fight, she falls asleep on the sidelines.

When she awakes, she’s wearing a night gown. She looks over and she sees Him washing her princess dress in the corner of the room. She sees Him scrubbing out the stains, making it look better than it did before. He comes over and picks her up in His welcoming arms, “that fight was never yours to fight” He says as He picks up the sword that she had once held. He takes it and stores it on His side.

The next morning, she puts on her spotless princess dress once again before going outside to play in the fields. In the distance she hears a new war raging on, and as before, she runs to find the sword she had once kept at a safe distance. But when she goes to look for it, she runs into Yahweh once again. She now remembers as she sees the sword fastened to His side, and He greets her with a knowing nod. “You don’t need this sword… go play, I’ll take care of you” He says. Trusting Him, she takes Him at His word and returns to the fields to play.

How many times have we been that little girl? How many times have we tried to fight a battle that isn’t ours to fight? So many times, our world tells us to pick up our swords. It tells us that we need to defend ourselves. It tells us that we need to fight the good fight. But I believe that Jesus is telling us a different message when He commands us to be still and know.

I believe He wants us to take refuge in Him and go “play out in the fields” while He fights for us. He doesn’t want us to dirty our princess dress or exhaust ourselves from lifting heavy swords. He wants us to hand Him the sword. He wants to defend us.

As I mentioned before, there is definitely a time and place for us to fight along side of Him, but more often than not, I find Him asking me for the sword in my hand. I find Him asking me to just sit and rest while He does the heavy work.

And if we’re being honest, the verse “Be still and know” can sometimes be one of the hardest verses to apply to our lives. Especially if we’ve been taught to fight for ourselves.

But when I think of it this way, I can understand a little bit more of where He’s coming from. I can see that He wants me to be still because this battle isn’t mine to fight. I can try slinging my sword every which way, but if it’s not my battle to fight, I’m never going to win. However, if I hand my sword over to the King, I am bound to win every time.

I can try slinging my sword every which way, but if it's not my battle to fight, I'm never going to win. However, if I hand my sword over to the King, I am bound to win every time. Click To Tweet

Let the freedom that you have from the battle ring out in your heart today. God has freed you from this huge responsibility that you once thought you had. Hand him your sword and let Him fight for you as you take time today to rest. Go out and play in the field (watch fireworks, eat a hotdog, light some sparklers) while He fights all around you.

Let freedom ring.

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