the battle is the Lord's

Snow, finally

“Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” (James 5:11)

Somehow, I am always surprised when the darkness comes. First, there is the Light all around — abounding in the glorious grace and in the light, all pieces of my soul seeming to fall in place and there is that whisper in the depth of my heart, “This is where I want always to be.” But the shadows will soon come glooming, the darkness sweeping in easier than I would like and somehow, I am surprised every single time.

When we do great things in the light, we will have to face the darkness soon.

But darkness will never be the last thing that we see, never. This battle that we are in, this fight we are too tired to fight — it is not ours to fight but the Lord’s. And I love how James reminds us, that we count them blessed who endure.

This war might be brutal and harsh. This battle might last longer than we have strength to hold on to, making us weary and ready to give up. But we count those blessed who endure, who keep on standing — because most often, strength is not required of us but perseverance and patience, willing to keep standing and keep holding on.

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

Just the other morning, I woke up holding my breath, these days an immense battle in the darkness and I have been failing more than anyone should be allowed to fail. But that morning, I woke up as the sun was rising and the darkness was just starting to give way to light. And there, as I looked outside, there was the thought in my mind, “This seems like a morning when there should be snow.” Not five minutes later, snowflakes were falling from the sky.

Now, I look at the ground covered in snow, white starting to spread around and I can’t help but hear that relieved sigh of my own soul, citing Isaiah 1:18, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” This battle is not ours, beloved. The battle is the Lord’s — and it is already won.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

Beloved, the darkness can never overcome the light. Our Light will never lose to this darkness, and He will never lose us to the darkness, will never let go.

It will be okay. You will be okay. He has already won.

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  • Christa

    Beautiful post. It is so easy to get trapped in that darkness and not even have the energy to look for the light. But you are right. "It will be okay. You will be okay. He has already won." Love this.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for these kind words, Christa! Blessings to you!

  • Christa

    Beautiful post. It is so easy to get trapped in that darkness and not even have the energy to look for the light. But you are right. "It will be okay. You will be okay. He has already won." Love this.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for these kind words, Christa! Blessings to you!

  • Liz

    Beautiful post! He wins! This truth we must cling to when everything else seems to fail us.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Liz! Somehow, it makes everything so much better when we realize that truly, He has already won and therefore, nothing can move us. Thank you for visiting here! Blessings to you!

  • Liz

    Beautiful post! He wins! This truth we must cling to when everything else seems to fail us.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Liz! Somehow, it makes everything so much better when we realize that truly, He has already won and therefore, nothing can move us. Thank you for visiting here! Blessings to you!

  • Being Woven

    "He has already won." YES! He has won and such a fine post, reminding be that the battle is, indeed, the Lord's. Thankful I came by. Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Linda! What a relief it is, knowing that we don't need to fight this battle as it is the Lord's. He will take care of us. Thank you for stopping by here, Linda. God bless you!

  • Being Woven

    "He has already won." YES! He has won and such a fine post, reminding be that the battle is, indeed, the Lord's. Thankful I came by. Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Linda! What a relief it is, knowing that we don't need to fight this battle as it is the Lord's. He will take care of us. Thank you for stopping by here, Linda. God bless you!

  • Dawn Boyer

    My friend, You are a lovely gift of grace and this is such a timely blessing for me. Thank you for sharing this piece of your heart today. Isaiah 1:18 is one of my favorite scriptures. (Infact, I LOVE Isaiah) :) Sometimes, stuck in the battle... standing in the darkness... we are tempted to doubt, tempted to lose hope and faith. And then I remember that even a small spark, a speck of light can ignite a bright becon before my path and I appreciate the gentle nudge from His ever close presence. You are right my sweet friend, the battle is the Lord's... and He never ever leaves us alone. Interceding for you as you trust Him to lead you in the light, friend. Blessings! Dawn

    • Dawn Boyer

      * beacon of light... :)

    • Ronja

      Dawn, Isaiah is a favorite of mine as well (which, I think, you can see in how there is a verse out of the book of Isaiah in most of my posts). :) Going into the Advent season, I am praying that there will be these small sparks of light for us, ones that warm our soul and gently push us closer to the Lord, to the source of that light and love. Thank you so much for stopping by here and encouraging me with this sweet grace. Be blessed, my friend!

  • Dawn Boyer

    My friend, You are a lovely gift of grace and this is such a timely blessing for me. Thank you for sharing this piece of your heart today. Isaiah 1:18 is one of my favorite scriptures. (Infact, I LOVE Isaiah) :) Sometimes, stuck in the battle... standing in the darkness... we are tempted to doubt, tempted to lose hope and faith. And then I remember that even a small spark, a speck of light can ignite a bright becon before my path and I appreciate the gentle nudge from His ever close presence. You are right my sweet friend, the battle is the Lord's... and He never ever leaves us alone. Interceding for you as you trust Him to lead you in the light, friend. Blessings! Dawn

    • Dawn Boyer

      * beacon of light... :)

    • Ronja

      Dawn, Isaiah is a favorite of mine as well (which, I think, you can see in how there is a verse out of the book of Isaiah in most of my posts). :) Going into the Advent season, I am praying that there will be these small sparks of light for us, ones that warm our soul and gently push us closer to the Lord, to the source of that light and love. Thank you so much for stopping by here and encouraging me with this sweet grace. Be blessed, my friend!

  • Sharita

    1. I think you were in our house yesterday-- because this is so on point. 2. I recently purchased a tiny wooden plaque from Hobby Lobby that says, "The Battle is the Lords-- not yours." It's sitting on my prayer closet table. 3. I appreciate you!

    • Ronja

      Sharita, I'm glad that these words found their place in your heart. :) The Lord sure is so good to work in that way sometimes. But yeah, I'm finding that those words -- that the battle is the Lord's and not mine -- truly breathes relief into my soul every time I am reminded of them. It will all be fine in the end. If it's not fine, it means it's not the end yet. Thank you for stopping by to encourage me with your kindness, Sharita. God bless you, my friend!

  • Sharita

    1. I think you were in our house yesterday-- because this is so on point. 2. I recently purchased a tiny wooden plaque from Hobby Lobby that says, "The Battle is the Lords-- not yours." It's sitting on my prayer closet table. 3. I appreciate you!

    • Ronja

      Sharita, I'm glad that these words found their place in your heart. :) The Lord sure is so good to work in that way sometimes. But yeah, I'm finding that those words -- that the battle is the Lord's and not mine -- truly breathes relief into my soul every time I am reminded of them. It will all be fine in the end. If it's not fine, it means it's not the end yet. Thank you for stopping by to encourage me with your kindness, Sharita. God bless you, my friend!

  • Andrew Adams

    Great post! Thanks so much for sharing and reminding us that the darkness will not overcome the light!

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! Thank you so much, Andrew! :) God bless you!

  • Andrew Adams

    Great post! Thanks so much for sharing and reminding us that the darkness will not overcome the light!

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! Thank you so much, Andrew! :) God bless you!

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