Victory…

So the Philistines fought, and the Israelites were defeated and every man fled to his tent. The slaughter was very great; Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers. 1 Samuel 4:10

Nobody likes to lose. We may smile to save face. But losing is hard.

When the battle lines are drawn and the fight begins to sway in the direction of competition, a winner is chosen and the loser is often left licking wounds in the dust.

Not a pretty picture. In today’s time and age we like to declare everyone a winner. But if we are honest and forthright in our thoughts we must acknowledge that someone always loses when playing a game.

If battle were only as simple as a game. But in battle, the stakes are high. Losing most likely means death and destruction. Winning means continued freedoms and way of life. A battle hard fought is never easily won and the sting of victory may even be painful if the cost of gain was high.

I don’t pretend to be a winner. Many battles I have fought have not been won. I lose more often than I care to think about. At times the stakes don’t seem high, but when lives, either physical or emotional, hang in the balance – we fight because we care.

If fighting for the mere sake of winning a prize we may as well not fight in the first place. The stakes are high for those who do not yet believe. They battle against the forces of evil daily with little to play defense on their behalf. And that is where we come in. We may lose the battle. We may win the battle. But a battle hard fought for the flesh of a soul and strength of a spirit brought and renewed in Jesus is one worth fighting for.

Sometimes the battle doesn’t make sense. People die and it may appear as though He is absent even though He is not. His presence is not dependent on an outcome of victory.

He is present and fulfilling prophecy regardless. We do not worship winning, but rather worship Him. And so we fight hard to bring sisters and brothers home. You may win. You may lose. But a battle fought in The Lord has an outcome that will eventually always be won.

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