Took the long way into work this morning … It was a cool, prayerful and tranquil trip … On the way I had this thought and want your thoughts, too …

I wondered, “Is there a difference between God fighting against my enemies and God fighting for me?”

My conclusion this morning was, “There is.”

If I’m always asking God to fight against my enemies then I’m treating Him like a tool or a resource that I can deploy, or not, at will. I’m in control. I set the agenda. Sometimes I use Him and sometimes I fight against my enemies all by myself or choose someone other than Him. I send Him out. Bottom line? He’s doing the work but the process is all about me and what I think is best.

But if He is fighting for me then it’s all about Him! He chooses the battles and the strategies. Most importantly, He determines the details – the time, the place, the tactics … I don’t send Him anywhere. I watch His love for me compel Him to go out to defend me. He’s still doing all the work but it’s all about His character and love being acted out in real life.

Jesus loves me this I know …

It’s a little scarier to surrender control and choose door #2. But I think the benefits outweigh the risks …

For the display of His splendor ~