Fighting With Yourself
By Joel B.
Have you ever had a conflict with someone that you felt was necessary, but in the end you just end up feeling guilty about it? Have you ever been called to do something by the Lord and feel like obstacles keep falling in your way? These types of situations are common and have been faced by many people in the Bible. Let’s look at some examples:
Jonah 4:8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
In this first example we have Jonah ready to give up on life because God allowed the sun to beat down on his bald head. Jonah was also upset that God would not destroy Nineveh. Unfortunately, Jonah allowed himself to be overwhelmed by a task that was clearly laid out by God. In the end, Jonah was only fighting with himself.
Exodus 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
In this next example, Moses was given an audience with the very Creator of the universe and still he questioned his own adequacy to complete the task given to him. We need to remember that if God’s Hand is on something, it cannot fail. During this encounter with God, Moses was only fighting with himself.
2 Samuel 12:5-6 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity (David was the man).
Remember when David had Uriah the Hittite set up so he would be killed, then Nathan told David about the man who had his one ewe stolen by the man who had many? Well, David immediately passed judgment on himself. He took what wasn’t his and ended up fighting with himself.
Friends, there are many examples of men fighting with themselves in the Bible. We need to be extra careful and learn from their mistakes or we can fall into the same pit. Don’t put yourself in bad situations where you’ll end up feeling inadequate or guilty about something. God wants you to live in victory! So, try not to get into conflicts with other people and definitely avoid conflicts with God. Doing so will keep you from fighting with yourself. Thank you for reading and God bless.