Have you ever heard the expression, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” Yeah… I’m not really sure if that statement is ever truly applicable to real life. What if you’re playing cards and you can’t beat your opponent? What, you just join their team? What if you’re not playing on teams? That makes no sense.
And what if your battle is much more serious than a card game? Often times, it is. We are battling doubts and depression, sorrow and sicknesses, frustrations and failures. Sometimes the battles can rage for years or simply weeks that feel like years. What happens when you can’t beat whatever it is your facing?
First, let’s talk about how to fight. In II Corinthians 10, Paul reminds us that while we are human, we don’t fight like humans. We have access to spiritual weapons that can tear down strongholds and false arguments. We have weapons that can destroy every obstacle that keeps us from knowing God. In Ephesians 6, we learn about the armor of God and that the word of God is our sword. In Isaiah 58, we red that when we fast, God’s help and healing come swiftly. In James, we come to know that the prayers of the righteous avail much when we confess to them.
But what happens when we pray, declare the word of God, fast, and go to others for help, but we still can’t seem to win. I dare say, stop trying.
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10 NLT
Sometimes we do all that we can believing that our many efforts will be our salvation, but at the end of the day it isn’t us who wins the day. Remember in Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian when Lucy says to Peter, “Have you forgotten who really defeated the white witch?” Sometimes we forget, it’s not us or our efforts that wins our battles. It is Jesus Christ. He has already won and already taken the victory on the cross.
So, if you can’t beat ‘em, stop trying. Be still and know that He is God.