Author: Keisha Colson
Spiritual warfare. Friends or family members who seem uninterested in
Perhaps it would be easiest to take a “coasting” approach to life, preferably,
slightly downhill. Those people with lots of energy might actually go looking for
mountains to climb and challenges to take on. (Where did Caleb, at age 85, get
all of his energy anyway (Joshua 14)?!
As one is inching his/her way up the hill, they might wonder if they are really
making progress, or actually sliding backward a little? Are those rocks (or
possibly even boulders) that are hurtling down the hill toward us?! Will one of
them (such as an illness, an accident, a heartache) take us out?
It may look as though some soldiers are going shoulder-to-shoulder with
their comrades. Others may appear to be among a few straggling survivors.
Several may even consider deserting.
Where do these soldiers get their encouragement to keep going? Does
God just give us a canteen, and say, “Good luck. Watch for snakes.”? What
about that field manual He has given us? (Which mentions snakes – false
prophets – by the way). And a Comforter (who does NOT desert us?)
As we keep trudging toward the top (which is so much more glorious, than
what we’ll see in the world, at the bottom of the hill), let us remember to
pray. Yes, for ourselves… but also for fellow soldiers...and those who have
not yet enlisted. And especially for new recruits, who are encountering
spiritual warfare (and friends and family who do not seem enthused about
their uphill battle.) Onward, valiant soldiers !