We can make plans. We can form armies of the most capable soldiers in the world. We can plan, set-up and prepare our lives to go down a rigid path. We can plan every detail. But, if our plan does not match God’s plan, then it is not going to happen. We can accept that God has a different plan, or we can fight with all our might to stay on our planned path. God’s plan is still going to win. Instead of fighting, we should start praying. We should start obeying the Lord. We should listen to the Lord.
If you are not for the Lord, you are against the Lord. You do not want to get caught up on the wrong side. We don’t know the day or time that the Lord “may avenge Himself on His adversaries”. Adversaries are opponents, challengers, rivals, foes, enemies. If you are not on the Lord’s side, you are not on the right side. “The sword shall devour”. You are not going to win.
For this is the day of the Lord God of hosts,
A day of vengeance,
That He may avenge Himself on His adversaries.
The sword shall devour;
It shall be satiated and made drunk with their blood;
For the Lord God of hosts has a sacrifice
In the north country by the River Euphrates.
–Jeremiah 46:10 (NKJV)
The bible verses reference a battle. When we go against the Lord, it may not be an actual battle with swords and fighting. Instead, it can be a battle of spiritual warfare. I have to remind myself of this often. Society wants us to go against God. Society takes the sins from the bible and passes laws to make them legal. God loves each of us. I sin often, so its not my place to judge others. I go to God and confess my sins. I acknowledge that I continually mess up. I even try to justify my sins in my own mind. I can justify all that I want, but it still does not make my sins right.
Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins. So, we can start each day with a resolve to be better. Since we are human, we will never be perfect, but we can turn to God each day and try again. It is like an invisible, powerful battle in our minds. I won’t do this. I will do this instead. Oops, I did it again. Keep bringing it to God. Every single day. If you get weary of telling God your sins and try to ignore them, you will go off track. Before you know it, your sins will be like a snowball that turns into an avalanche.
Society tries to normalize sin. If you don’t go along with it, you may be taunted, ridiculed or even physically assaulted. Society is still wrong. God gave us laws. God gave us the bible to seek his truth. It is not always easy to go against society. But, your heart and mind will be full of peace and love when you follow the Lord. If you follow society, you will fill yourself with regret and remorse. If you follow society, you will always be missing something, always searching. God will make you whole.
The mighty warrior may try and go against God, and be swept away like dust in the wind. The bravest, most determined warrior will fall at the Lord’s command and be driven away. Like dominos, those who go against the Lord, will fall upon another. They will get up and go home. Defeated.
Why are your valiant men swept away?
They did not stand
Because the Lord drove them away.
He made many fall;
Yes, one fell upon another.
And they said, ‘Arise!
Let us go back to our own people
And to the land of our nativity
From the oppressing sword.’
–Jeremiah 46:15-16 (NKJV)
In a moment, God can cast aside our strongest enemy. The most fearless, strongest, daring enemies will fall, because the Lord drove them away. When society seems to be closing in on us, with their opinions, keep fighting to follow God. Do the Lord’s will. Follow God’s commandment. Read the bible and arm yourself with God’s words. Pray. Ask God to forgive your sins. When you are on God’s side, doing his good work, those against us will be swept away like dust in the wind.