You don’t have to fight every battle

Yesterday, I read with great amusement the tweets between Wizkid and his former label mate, Skales. Of course I didn’t read everything, who has time for that? I got a summary of the gist from BellaNaija and I was just shaking my head as I read the post. I believe that when people get to a certain age, there are things that they should have outgrown. One of them is airing their dirty laundry on social media. Then again I’m expecting too much from these artistes.

The words in Exodus 14:14 came to my mind as I finished reading their exchange of words. It says, “The Lord will fight for you and you will hold your peace.” I like the way the New Living Translation puts it, “The LORD Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” It is not every battle that you have to fight. You have to learn the art of picking your battles. Yes it is an art. Some battles you have to fight to maintain your stand as a child of God while others you just need to ignore for the sake of your name and integrity.

It can be difficult to know how to pick your battles. I remember back in the day, anybody that messed with me was thoroughly messed with. I gave it back to them straight up. If you said something bad about me and I found out, I would come and confront you. I didn’t care what you actually said. Why should you be talking about me in the first place? This approach was not the best. You can imagine that I was not a very happy person. Do you know that people will always talk about you? There are people who will always seek to do you harm. Imagine having to confront everyone who says something bad about you? You will just wear yourself out. Social media has made it easier for us to fight our battles. You can battle 10 people at the same time. How perfect right? Not exactly. After you end up fighting those 10 battles, you would have succeeded in bringing yourself to the same low level as the people who attacked you.

Expect some people to be negative towards you and learn to turn the other cheek. In fact, learn to ignore it completely. I get insulting comments via social media and sometimes on my blog. You know what I do with those comments? I just ignore them. People have said hurtful words to my face. I don’t drag them down into the mud and make them swallow those words. I just ignore them and act like they don’t exist. But this is what I don’t do. I don’t ignore battles that will affect my destiny. If anyone comes to make a negative proclamation about me, I counter it with the word of God. I don’t waste time. Don’t let anyone sow negative words into your life. Words are powerful remember? If someone says you are crazy, tell them politely they may be the one who needs a check up because the last time you checked, God created you with a sound mind.

Call me over-spiritual if you like but it is a huge mistake to joke with these things. Allow only positive words to be sown into your life and block out every negative word with the word of God. When God said He will fight for you, He wasn’t saying that you should let people walk all over you like someone who is weak. Instead, He wants you to depend on Him. When you fight your own battles, you are indirectly saying you can handle it by yourself but when you surrender those battles to God, your victory is assured. There are some people you don’t need to exchange words with; just take their matter to God and watch what He will do. Of course this will only work if you have an existing relationship with Him. Don’t expect God to help you fight your battles when you seek His face once in a decade. It won’t happen.

I pray God will give you the wisdom to know the battles to ignore and those which you should fight in the power of His might.

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