Two young boys were on the playground. Each one wanted to use the swing, so they started quarrelling. What started as a little dispute soon turned into a major power struggle. Each was threatening the other.
“My Daddy will come and beat you,” said one.
“My Daddy is bigger than yours,” the other retorted. “He will smash everything with a big stick.”
“My Daddy’s stick is higher than this tree. And he can fly right over it!” declared the other, not wanting to be outdone.
“But my Daddy…..” We can imagine the rest of the conversation!
Each boy viewed his father as omnipotent. All powerful. Each was convinced that nothing could stand in his father’s way. In case he ever felt threatened or overwhelmed, all he needed to do was entreat the power of his father. Each actually believed that Daddy would magically appear and protect them.
Children are fully confident in their father’s ability to fight every battle, defeat any foe, and always be victorious.
So often, we try to fight our own battles. This is a lack of faith. We (I) struggle and strive, feeling too overwhelmed to even know where to turn. I wonder what God thinks… watching me flail and falter when He is just waiting to take over. Trying with our own strength is really ridiculous and can never be as effective as entreating the Lord get us through.
At times, we might even wage ‘spiritual witchcraft’ on our own behalf by speaking curses on those whom we perceive to be enemies. This is of course veiled in religious language, but is still an attempt to fight in our own strength.
Instead, we would do well to walk in the child-like confidence our Father’s power. He holds the ultimate victory; nothing can defeat him.
Yes, Abba – Daddy will fight for us!