One of my favorite events to watch at Field Day is Tug of War. There’s nothing more exciting than two teams battling to take the other team down. Parents and teachers on the side encouraging students to pull. Students pulling with all their might. Just when you think one team has it, the other team gathers some strength and now it looks like they have it. Two or three minutes seems like an eternity but eventually a winner prevails. Some teams win by any means necessary. Once they’ve pulled as much as they could, they let go of the rope and watch the other team fall to their defeat. A win is a win. When we’ve expended all of our energy in a game of tug of war with our problems, we need to let the rope go.

We face all sorts of problems. Depression, financial stress, family concerns, illness, doubt, anxiety, and a host of other things. We’re on one team and we put our problems on the other team. Sometimes it looks like you’re winning, sometimes it looks like the depression is winning. Sometimes it looks like you’re winning, sometimes it looks like the illness is winning. You’ve been pulling for years now. You’re worn out. Your whole life revolves around this tug of war. Allow me to be the person on the sideline yelling, “Let go of the rope!” Not only have you picked up a rope you weren’t supposed to, but you’ll never have the strength to win a war you weren’t meant to fight.

Whatever it is that you’ve been at war with, pulling and tugging, choose to drop the rope and let God do the fighting for you. Choose to walk in deliverance, choose to walk in healing, choose to walk in liberty. Stop fighting the desire to go to therapy. Stop fighting with the bank. Stop fighting with your boss. Stop fighting with the doctors. Stop fighting the medicine. Let the rope go and enjoy the other events life has to offer. If He did it for Israel, He can do it for you.

Deuteronomy 3:22 “Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you.”

September 2019