There are times when things seem to go to plan and then other times (maybe even most times) when it seems things are too hard to handle. Often our lives can get so intense that we feel like we are just lurching from one place to the next. Last year the OTHC 1st XV rugby team, which I am one of the coaches for, played our secondary school 1B final on Eden Park. We went down in a tough battle 15-18. This year we had the opportunity to play the bottom of 1A for a shot at playing in the 1A Premier 1st XV competition. We had an outstanding build up and won the promotion relegation game. This is the 1st time in 46 years that the school has been in this competition.
So, here we are now in one of the toughest 1st XV competitions in New Zealand or even the world. Our boys have had some huge losses, we have had a lot of injuries, we have a fairly young team and it is a massive mountain to climb. The strong established schools in this competition have so much ability and depth that we are struggling. Some of the scores have been more like cricket scores; the boys are still realistic and optimistic about this opportunity even though it is so tough.
We are all in a much tougher battle. A battle where our opposition is unrelenting, focussed, powerful and wanting us to fail in every way. He is an enemy who knows all our weaknesses and jumps on every opportunity to exploit them. "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms". Eph6:12.
But, we serve a King who has already won the battle. In our studies over the year in Luke, we see who Jesus is and the power that he has over evil. We have seen the importance of not only having him as our leader but that we also need to spend time in his Word, in prayer and with his people. "We CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens us." Phil4:13. As we are in this spiritual battle, we need to hold fast to him. We do not have the ability or strength to do this ourselves. Don't be in the battle without the Son of God.