"Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle." -Psalm 144:1
"I am just so fed up!" said my friend. "I don't understand why all this negative stuff keeps happening to me. I am so tired of things working out for others and not working out for me. What am I doing wrong?!?" I thought for a moment, and asked the Lord what He thought.
"You know what I think?" I said.
"What?" she said.
"I think He's training you in spiritual warfare."
Sometimes we run around in circles, hoping for a different answer to our problems. We try to move forward in our lives only to discover we have come up against the same wall, the same unfulfilled dream, or the same obstacle in our lives. What now? Do we blame God? Do we blame ourselves? Blame never helps us get past the obstacle. We need to discover God's process in preparing our hands for battle.
When there are giants, obstacles, or enemies in front of us, we need to treat the situation strategically. Doesn't an army come up with a battle plan? Likewise, we need to sit before God to find out what it is we should do to get past our obstacle, much like the Israelites did when they were about to enter the Promised Land. Is it time to wait, or is it time to move forward? Is it time to fast and pray, or is it time to take action?
The most important part of this strategic process is how to fight in the spiritual realm. Is there negativity we're listening to in our minds? Are we speaking negative words aloud? Are we living with discouragement? We need to deal with those things first before we can be effective in conquering our giants. Then God can give us a battle plan.
If you find yourself running in circles, it could be that God is training you to fight spiritual battles. Spend time with Him to hear His perspective on the situation. We will come away with a much different perspective when we view our lives through His eyes.