Struggling with Struggling – Part 3

 

“Is that your child?” Smaug adresses Bard, though his words are aimed at Bain. “You cannot save him from the fire. He will burn!”

Knowing that just because I’m struggling with something doesn’t mean I’m sinning is freeing, and knowing that God is drawing near is also comforting. But, often-time I still become discouraged and weary as the battle stretches long. As the days stretch into weeks, and the weeks into years.

The way I feel then, and God’s response to it was depicted so clearly in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. 

In the movie, the evil dragon, Smaug, is flying about wrecking destruction and havoc with the fire of his breath. Bain, a young boy is trying hard to help his father, Bard, kill the dragon. It’s been a struggle. Others have tried to kill the dragon before and failed. Bain is standing atop a tower with his father when the dragon lands not far away. He sees Bain struggling and knows just what to do next.

“Is that your child?” Smaug addresses Bard, though his words are aimed at Bain. “You cannot save him from the fire. He will burn!”

At this point, Bain’s father is aiming a deadly arrow at Smaug, knowing he can and will kill the dragon. Bain is facing his father and doesn’t know with the surety of his father that the dragon will die, and that he will not burn. As the dragon spews out his threats, he becomes scared. He begins to turn his head, to look at the dragon in fear.

“You look at me,” Bard says, gently yet firmly redirecting Bain’s gaze back towards himself. In the next moment, he releases the arrow and kills the dragon. His child is safe, and Bain’s enemy now lies in ruin.

Sometimes the dragons that I face are terrifying. And Satan loves to taunt. He tells me that God won’t save me from the fire. That I will burn in the flames of whatever dragon it is that I am facing. But Jesus is telling me to look at Him. He has the arrow focused on my dragon’s heart, and He is going to make the kill. The burden to kill the dragon is His, He only wants me to look at Him.

Whatever name your dragon has, however big it is, no matter how long it’s been terrorizing you,  – God doesn’t care what it is – He has the arrow to kill it. We just need to look to His face and rest assured knowing that He will kill that dragon for us. He promises He will.

“Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,’ delcares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 41:12-14)

He calls us His little child. We don’t need to fear, for He Himself will help us. He also promises that, “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.” (Isaiah 54:17)

“For I hear many whispering. Terror is on every side…But the Lord is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me.” (Jeremiah 20:10-11)

We are chosen not forsaken, and because God is with us we don’t need to fear. No matter how long, no matter how hard. Just look to Him.

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