Should We Still Be Fighting?
That’s a question that dominates the news outlets and public opinion polls. Since we are serving in the longest protracted war in American history, many want to know if the fight is still worth it. Warriors, of course, are called to fight no matter how long the war rages. But that doesn’t mean we don’t get tired of being in a constant state of readiness or our families dread another deployment.
Still, we can’t help but ask when will the fighting end?
Malachi, the last prophet in the Old Testament had to deal with the same question. The people of Israel were tired of defending themselves and wanted a break from all the bloodshed. They wanted to enjoy life and had harsh words for God’s apparent lack of response to their prayers for peace.
God responded: “Your words have been hard against me…. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge… Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape’” (Malachi 3:13–15).
They were asking themselves why serve God when it only leads to more problems? Why deplete national resources and lose countless lives? Why do evil people get away with everything?
A Faithful Response
Then an interesting thing took place. A faithful few spoke up, and God took notice. God honored their faith and reminded them they will profit when they worship Him. He will remember and treasure those who respect His name (Malachi 3:16–17). He will establish a solid relationship where His people can be known and loved. He will crush evil (Malachi 4:3).
God also said His people can fight with a purpose—by following the way of the Torah (Malachi 4:4). Most translations say “law,” but the Torah encompasses so much more. It’s living every hour and every minute in light of who God is and matching how He thinks and acts in a world hostile to Him and His people.
Are you ready to step out in faith and fight with a purpose?
Lord give me the strength to continue the fight of faith. Remind me I have a purpose in living life Your Way. Give me courage to face evil wherever it may be found, and may I know victory in Your will.
In article photo: Patrol in Afghanistan by the U.S. Army licensed under CC BY 2.0