I am anxious, nervous, excited and certainly on edge. Tomorrow will be a big day. My son’s team is preparing for a big game. It is all I have thought about today, actually most of the week. The game… and God. I want this victory. I want it bad. Our team is the underdog. But I don’t have any say in who wins. I can’t play. All I can do is cheer on the sidelines… and pray.
This verse from Deuteronomy gives me comfort:
When you go out to war against your enemies and you see horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the LORD, your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, will be with you.
When you are drawing near to battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the army, and say to them, “Hear, O Israel! Today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies. Do not be weakhearted or afraid, alarmed or frightened by them. For it is the LORD, your God, who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies and give you victory.”
I may not be able to be on the field with them, but God will be.
No matter what our challenge of the day may be, God is with us.
Sometimes life seems like it is full of battles. Some are much bigger than others. We battle in athletic competitions, we battle in politics, we battle in the workplace, we battle against ourselves. Sometimes we battle just to get up. It can be frightening, it can be exhausting, it can be stressful. We can feel like we are all alone. But there is no need to be anxious, no need to be nervous, no need to be on edge. God is with us. And He is fighting for us. He is not just sitting on the sidelines. And that is freeing, that is empowering, that is comforting. He is my battle cry.
So I am excited to see what tomorrow brings. I am excited to see how this battle is won. I pray to God for a victory, and I am comforted to know that God is with me. God’s got this — even when I don’t.
I know that you are with us everyday, in whatever battle or challenge we face. I am not afraid. Help me to stand strong in whatever battle comes my way. I pray for victory. The victory that you have in store for us. (And if it is your will, I pray for victory for my son’s team tomorrow.)