We are all born fighting for our lives. From the moment of conception, it could be argued that you were the one who fought to make it here alive. Your cry was a sign that you still had your fight and many didn’t make it as far as you did.
Throughout our lives, we quickly learn what it means to fight to survive. When our lives are threatened, we muster innate strength to conquer any forces that attack us. When the lives of those close to us are endangered, we rise to the defense of people who need us and become warriors for what is right.
We are fighters and we are born to survive. Yet, there are times when the enemies to our survival seem like more than we can bear. We are equipped to fight for our families, but it seems unbearable when we must fight against the addictions of those we love. We are taught to fight for what is right, but when it comes to justice for all, it seems like our efforts consistently fail. We are born fighting to survive, but it feels nearly impossible to fight against sickness and death.
During October, we bring awareness to the fight against cancer in all of its forms. According to recent statistics, more than 1 million people are affected by cancer and some say that every other person will carry this diagnosis at some point in their lives. Yet, for many people, cancer can feel like an unconquerable foe.
Everyone has something that threatens to steal your fight. Whether it’s cancer or hardship, addiction or poverty, depression or loss, we are all up against enemies that put our lives in danger. At times it may feel like the troubles of this world leave you with your hands tied behind your back. It can make you feel weak, powerless and out of control.
How can you fight against something that seems impossible to defeat? Perhaps the answer is right there in the question. While many things seem impossible for us, the Bible reminds us that nothing is impossible for God. When Sarah laughed at the idea of having children in her old age, the angel corrected her with the question, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14a). She had to be reminded that while it seemed like barrenness was a strong fighter, the Lord her God was still the undefeated champion.
When you know that the champion of the universe is on your side, you can put your enemies in perspective. It may seem hard for you, but it’s nothing for God. As the Sovereign Lord of the Universe, God still has power over everything, even cancer and death.
And just when it seems like the enemy of death has succeeded, God reminds us all that death is not the end. We have a home with the Lord that is far better than anything we can conceive in our minds.
So, no matter what your opponent looks like, don’t give up your fight. Fight for life and victory in God. You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves. With God, you can fight knowing that you can’t loose.
The Rev. Nicole Martin is executive minister at The Park Church.