A few months ago I saw the movie Hacksaw Ridge. It’s based on a true story about Desmond Doss a soldier who refused to bear arms during WWII for religious reasons. He saved many lives without using a single weapon and he even won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his prowess. He worked hard in the trenches carrying people and getting them to a safe place for them to receive medical attention. He served the Lord by serving people. He was the go-between between God and his fellow soldiers. He used the biggest weapon of all; love. Love is what led him to do what he did. He brought hope where there was no hope. He had hope so he was able to give it in return. His connection with God allowed him to be a light in the darkness. Do you ever feel like a soldier in the trenches of life? If you do, know that there is hope in the trenches. Know that as you make your way through life, your weapons are not meant to destroy but they are meant to edify, help and connect you and others to God.
Many people would say that life is a battlefield. They struggle every day and they have to fight all the time. They see themselves going to war every day just to be able to make ends meet and to survive. The Bible tells us that we are in a war but it’s not a war against people. Ephesians 6:12 tells us “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” There is a daily struggle for sure but it’s not what it looks like. We need the Lord to make it in that battle and we need to depend on Him to succeed. It’s a daily battle but we have a daily victory in Him. The victory is ours so we should move around with hope. As we go about our daily lives, hope should be in the backdrop of everything we do. I feel like I am in the trenches every day. However, I have the confidence that the war was already won. There is nothing to worry about and nothing to fear.
Hope in the trenches is a powerful tool. It’s the weapon that can be held in all situations. It guarantees a great outcome. When you are overwhelmed by the fight, brandish the weapon of hope high and mightily. Just like Desmond Doss, use love as the backbone of all you are doing. You are aware of the hope that exists in the darkest of places so now let love push you to distribute hope all around you. Be generous and give it away. Let people know that in the worst case scenarios God has the best case synopsis. He holds the framework of all predicaments and He can change them into success stories. Hope is like a torch that will brighten the nights of despair. It’s the everlasting light that believes in solutions and positive results.
If your mind is the battlefield where you wage war the most, shake your mindsets with the glimmer of hope. Talk yourself into hope. Speak the Word over the negative thoughts. Refresh your memory with God’s promises. Bring hope back into your head by putting the enemy back in his place. He tries to hold on tight to your imagination by injecting fear and distress. It’s about time you hit him with the vaccination of hope. Use the serum of truth, the love medicine and the antibody of faith. Stir yourself up by reading the Word and talking to the Lord on a daily basis. This amazing connection you have with God will enable you to be more than a conqueror in any trenches and to bring hope into the fields of discouragement. When you have hope in the trenches, you have one of the biggest gifts you can give to the world. Give the world hope. The more you give, the more God will supply it to you. Hold on to hope every day. You are making a difference in your world. The Medal of Honor belongs to you but you are doing it all out of love! Stay encouraged!
Suggest reading: Romans 8:38; Colossians 1:13; Colossians 2:15