This is something I struggle with personally. There are so many things to worry about. The world and its current state of conflict, sickness, disease, the safety of my family, my job, the future……the list is endless.
Paul gives us some guidance in this area. And you have to remember that the Paul portrayed by many theologians often leaves out who he was before his conversion. Paul was a man who understood conflict. He was a tactician, the equivalent of a military or law enforcement professional, so when he gives out guidance that in the context of warfare, he knows what he is talking about.
In Corinthians 16 he states “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity”. There are many versions of this scripture, but the one I struggled with was the King James. What does he mean Quit you like men? Back in the day, that was a common phrase that meant, act like men? And in this context, he is saying conduct yourself in battle like a man. Don’t go down without a fight.
He wasn’t only speaking to men in this verse, but the Church. We already have victory through Christ. God is the God of everything. Not just the world, or the universe. His strength is immeasurable. We cannot even fathom in our human minds the scope of his power…so why do we feel anxious. Why are we worried about loss when we already have won?
Guess what. The battle is ongoing and will be until we finish our race. Get used to it. But understand that the only ones who can lose this battle is us. We literally have to throw down our sword and run away from an already defeated enemy that poses no threat whatsoever. Be strong, be courageous, stay on guard, for the sake of your brothers and sisters who are counting on you to hold the line.