I have run across the scripture several times in the bible, in devotionals, in songs, in others preaching it.
“Luke 20:43 – Until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”
There are also many other verses that talk about this.
I have heard it used in context about “people, other humans that are rooting against you” and as this may be so true, I feel like there is also another way of looking at this. Don’t get me wrong I totally believe there are other humans (enemies) against us, some are even in disguise as frenemies. I have them, I know exactly who they are however I am unmoved by them.
One morning while in worship something hit me, I don’t even remember the song that was playing but during the song the Holy Spirit showed something to me. Our enemies are not always flesh and blood. They are not always the people who are rooting against us. Many of our enemies are the very things we struggle against.
We spend a lot of time fighting against certain things, some more than others. What else is an enemy? Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Addiction (all forms), Feelings of Worthlessness, Hopelessness, Discouragement, Chronic Pain in your body, Chronic Illness in your mind, Fear, etc. There are literally so many things that could be listed. These things can become a darkness to us, a battle that we face.
They are our enemies. They push against us, hoping to consume us. We try to push back, sometimes we win, other times we become overwhelmed and let it win and sometimes we don’t have a choice, it shows up and takes over. There are times when we just don’t have the strength to push back against the darkness, I have personally lived these times.
There are times when my wounded warrior has no fight left but right now my warrior is begging me to fight, she is begging me not to give up hope. I hear her voice in my soul and mind reminding me of the promises of God. I hear her say, “Fight” I hear her cry “Don’t give up yet”
What do you do when this happens but you have no strength to fight?
You hold on to truth. God’s truth.
John 8:32 says, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”
I hold tight to this scripture and many others. There will be times when you will be set free immediately and there will be times when you will have to stand, kneel, lay on these promises until the freedom comes. There have been moments when I have literally held on for dear life with the promises of what God’s Holy Bible has given me and at some point, when I am ready, I will start to share those moments.
There will be a reckoning against the darkness. There will be a time of freedom and until then I will stand on this promises that one day, they will be my footstool.
What does that mean exactly?
I am no scholar or theologian but I can tell you what it means to me.
In order for something or someone to become a footstool, they/it must bow down. It won’t bow down to me, I am not that powerful BUT it will bow down to the spirit of God in me. It will bow down eventually. The darkness I fight against at some point will bow down and it will become my footstool. It will lift my feet to a higher calling and I will rise and stomp on the darkness. I will stand upon it and use it for good, I will use it to further me in the love I have for helping others.
If you are fighting a darkness that no one knows about, I just want to tell you “Don’t give up” “Fight”
Fighting doesn’t always look like we think it should look, fighting may be something as simple as listening to worship or encouraging music. It may be reading a verse. It may be sitting in your closet in the corner repeating that God will not leave you where you are. It may be finally being vulnerable enough to talk with a pastor or a friend. It may be seeing a counselor. It may be taking the step to get on meds. It may be repeating the name of Jesus over and over until the darkness starts to fade.
Don’t be discouraged if you can’t jump up and just start pounding against the darkness the way you once had in the past.
Don’t be discouraged if you are imperfect.
Don’t be discouraged if you are broken, or shattered on the ground.
You are the only one who knows what this looks like for you.
If you do not have anything left inside of you, find someone you trust to tell this to. Let them love you through this. Let them help you find your way. If you have no one you can turn to that can love you without judgement then message me and I can recommend someone for you.
This is just something on my heart today.
Love you all,