As I was sitting before the Lord getting ready to write the next blog, an image of a man, who just came from battle, came to my mind. He was from the days of metal plated armor and he had just taken his armor off. He was sitting on a rock, staring at the dirt on the ground. I could tell the battle he had been in had just taken place because he was trying to control his heavy breathing. Fresh cuts on his face, mixed with dirt, stained his face and he continued to sit there for a brief moment.
It seemed that there was a pain that was robbing him of his sense of peace and the rest that he so desperately needed. The source of his anguish was revealed when he lifted up his shirt and realized that he had suffered a giant gash in his side during the heat of the battle. Instead of resting and recovering – as he needed to – and asking for assistance, he put his armor back on, takes a deep sigh, and returned back to the battleground ready to fight.
I believe this image was given as a message for those who are in the thicket of battle. Life is raging and you’ve been fighting for a long time. Perhaps you’ve even gained ground against the enemy and your circumstances, but here’s what you need to do next:
It’s hard to fight the battle in front of you when you have pain inside of you. And while you are the warrior the Lord has called you to be and you are able to wage war to fight what you believe in, now is the time to rest and be healed.
What you do not realize, is that the wounds you have determine how effective you are on the battlefield. Doesn’t it take more energy to hold up your shield when you are hurting? Isn’t it that much more strenuous to handle your sword when you are bleeding?
Through the Holy Spirit, I hear the Lord saying:
“Come my child and rest in My provision. I am proud of you for taking the steps necessary to do My will and fight the good fight of the faith. Even when the circumstances were difficult, you persevered. For now, disengage the battle which is before you, and rest so that your soul and mind may be calmed and restored. I want to give you peace – a peace that will breathe life into you and sustain you. Rest in My Presence, for My yoke is easy and My burden is light. To sit still and to know Me in greater ways does not mean you are backing away from the fight, but you are positioning yourself to hear my commands and to heal the wounds that prevent you from advancing in the fight. Trust me enough to not fight on your own. Who can give you strategies to overcome the enemy? For I see the battle plans before Me. Who can build you up for how I see you rather than what others have said you are? I know you better than you know yourself and I know what you need. You’ll get back in the fight soon enough, but you’ll be stronger and go further in this season if you learn to rest well in My Presence.”
I felt the Lord gave this to me for someone reading this here today. Whatever you are going through, know that you can trust God to bring you through it and He will give you the victory, even if He wants you to rest in this season of your life. I hope this speaks to you and may God encourage you as you rest well in Him.