Then Judah went up and the LORD gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they defeated 10,000 of them at Bezek. They found Adoni-bezek at Bezek and fought against him and defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites. — Judges 1:4-5, ESV
You still have to fight. Fighting is not an option but the requirement.
The victory here belonged to God. He gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into Judah’s hand. Victory was guaranteed because victory belonged to God. But notice that even though victory was God’s, he still made his people fight. He still made them go through the battles that would bring about fear and exhaustion, that would make them step up and move forward, using every ounce of energy and strength at their disposal. That would result in many soldiers getting injured, some even being killed.
For us, maybe we aren’t facing a literal war, but I can venture to say that we all are facing battles in our lives that require so much out of us. During these times we can automatically go to God with, “Where are you? Why are you letting this happen?” We can get overwhelmed with the possible outcomes of every possible situation. We can stay still and do nothing, claiming that God will fight the battles because victory is his. And even though there are times when God fights for us, so often he calls us to move forward and fight in those battles.
We are called to fight. Fight the addictions. Fight the insecurities. Fight the attacks of the Enemy. Fight against social injustice. Fight for the rights of the oppressed. Fight for the helpless and hopeless. Fight for the souls of those who don’t know Christ.
So in the end: we fight. It’s true that the victory belongs to God, but that does not change his charge for us to fight.
Gear up friends. There’s the battlefield. You ready?