The Radical Warrior – Return of the King
Zephaniah 3:17 17 The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
I remember the first time I saw Lord of the Rings, Return of the King. When Gandalf came over the hill in that shining light, my heart really soared. At that moment I thought about Jesus, our Warrior King and his return. It was at that time that all of the hurts of the battles up to that point were erased and victory brought sweet release. Defeat was no more and the conquering force was coming down the hill and obliterating the enemy (Orcs) with every swing of the sword. Their coming at that time invigorated the troops who were defending the city at that time. The enemy was overwhelmed and the battle became easy for those who were fighting the good fight. Gandalf had said he would come on the morning sun and he kept his word and brought a great army with him and the battle was over…..
In Revelation 22:7 Jesus said, “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.” Jesus is coming soon and our realization that God keeps His Word is very important. It spurs us on to keep fighting the good fight (1 Timothy 6:12) and not to lose heart. This is a very important time in history and it is up to each of us believers to keep fighting the good fight Paul spoke about and remember as it says in the verse above in Zephaniah, The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. It is not the time to quit. It is the time to fight harder and more ferociously as believers, knowing that Jesus, our Warrior King is fighting ahead of us. If there was ever a time to take a stand, it is now.
He is our shield and our defender and Jesus is fighting for us, as we fight that good fight. So….keep fighting. Keep believing. It is worth it now and it will be seen as worth it in the days to come as more souls are won to Jesus. God is faithful and He takes great delight in the efforts of His people, so keep on keeping on. We can’t make God love us any more than He already does, but we can give our best to Him in honor of His great love expression for us. Let Him stir your heart and bring up a good flavor in your life that makes a difference in the world we live in.
The Pilgrimage continues…