Sometimes I feel like I'm all alone in this fight. When things get bumpy in my marriage, when I don't know what the right thing is to do for my kids, when friends let me down, it's easy to feel like there's no one on my side.
As our kids grow, they encounter people who aren't always on their side -- the bully at school or the friend who stabs them in the back. Our kids can feel like they're all alone in the world.
As I was reading through Psalm 35 the other day, feeling a bit like no one was on my side, I ran across these words: "Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me" (Psalm 35:1). I was struck by the simplicity of those words. David was crying out to God to stand up to his enemies because He knew that God is on His side.
When we become a child of God, God becomes our champion. There is nothing in our lives that is too big or too small for Him to take on. He contends for us.
There's a song, "Whom Shall I Fear," that puts it best:
I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
is always on my side.
Our God is the God who commands angel armies, and He says He's on our side. I can't think of anyone better to be on my side. As Paul says in Romans 8:31, "If God is for us, who can be against us?"
We know how the story ends. We know who wins the ultimate battle against evil. God does, and He is in our corner. Nothing can stand against Him. If we follow Him, then we are guaranteed a victory.
When our kids struggle with life situations, they need to know that God is in their corner. They need to know He's got their back. Growing up can be tough. Learning to navigate the social waters at school and the sometimes bumpy currents at home can take a toll on our kids. We need to help them understand that no matter how bad the situation, God is on their side.
I love the picture that song gives us. Here's God with an army of angels at His command, and He's standing in our corner just waiting to give the order to contend for us. He and His angels are battling for us constantly. Use that song to draw a mental picture for your kids of what it really means to have God on your side, so the next time you or they feel all alone, all you have to do is remember that God and his angels are standing at the ready to contend for you.