Thursday, January 12, 2017

D&C 105:14 -- On Battles and Balance

"For behold, I do not require at their hands to fight the battles of Zion; for, as I said in a former commandment, even so will I fulfil—I will fight your battles."
Doctrine and Covenants 105:14

I like the idea that God fights our battles for us.  That probably doesn't mean all battles, and it definitely doesn't mean that we won't have to deal with challenges in our lives.  We have to learn, after all.  But the idea that God will fight our battles gives us that other option every time we get into battle mode.

There is always space to not fight, of course, and avoiding a fight is often a good choice.  But even if some kind of struggle or conflict is the best choice, it isn't always something that we individually need to do.  we can also talk to God about it, and see if this is one that he is going to fight for us.  I think even when it is on us, he strengthens and helps us, but sometimes it is something that we can lay on his shoulders.  I think this is especially true with things that seem overwhelming or impossible.  Those kinds of things just freak us out sometimes, and we think... wow, I'm trying my best, and I just can't do it, or I don't see a positive way out of this situation. Whether is is being worried about health or school or work or a family member, or overcoming a sin or finding our way home, or whatever, it is those really tough times when we feel so burdened that we might break that we can call upon God to fight our battles and bear our burdens for a while, because only he can help us through or find a way out.

Today, let's consider the option of God fighting our battles.  Let's remember that God doesn't give us things that we can't handle... but that includes us allowing him to handle some things, so that we can find that balance in our lives between learning all we can and helping others all we can, and still having happiness and peace and time to breathe.  It isn't always easy to let things go, but as we turn to God and work with him, he will help us to know what we should carry and what we should relinquish on our path to better balance.

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