“Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.” Philippians 2:16
For the duration of almost a year, each morning at first light a male Cardinal would begin repeatedly flying into one of the windows of our house. Sometimes he would continue for upwards to an hour. While persistence is often presented as a virtuous characteristic, in this case it was better defined as obnoxious. A little research revealed this little fellow was in battle with himself. Ornithologists believe the male is seeing his refection in the glass and because he is territorial, attempting to challenge another male invading his region. Thus my persistent little friend outside my window was in a battle of vanity he could not win.
We must embrace the truth which is that Jesus Christ is our protector and victor. To attempt to do battle against humanity’s foe is a battle of vanity no matter the intensity of our persistence. The battle as I Samuel 17:47 declares is, “…the Lord’s battle.” And, the challenger and foe does not exist who can overcome Christ the King.
Help me to understand Lord; You are mightier than the enemies at large that plan my demise. I trust in You, Your strength, and Your promises of hope, the one presented in Your word as the hope most certain! Amen.