Defeat the dragons

Thursday, May 26, 2022

English author, Neil Gagman, tells us, “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”

God’s word is also more than true.

God’s promise of presence. Christ’s words of forgiveness. The Holy Spirit’s offer of comfort. These words are MORE than true, they are more than life — they are abundant life.

We can believe them and rest in them. With them we can ride out the storm, face our fears, accomplish the impossible, check everything off of our to do list, be the person you were created to be.

In Isaiah 43, we hear how God created us and promises to be will be with us during the tough times, declaring they will not destroy us, for He is the Lord our God.

We don’t always understand, or may not recognize, especially in the dark or during the storm, God’s promise to always be near.

To protect us.

To give us strength.

To comfort us.

Again, something we don’t understand or always recognize — God’s comfort is not removal of the obstacle. It is not a soft pillow or even platitudes. God’s comfort is — comfort. It is God being with us and giving us the fortitude to stay afloat in the flood, to face the obstacle, to find a way, to endure the storm, not escape from it.

Even when we think the dragon is too big, too fierce, too close, too vindictive, too powerful, too victorious, God reminds us it has been defeated in the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus the Christ.

The obstacles seem so overpowering. They’ve destroyed before and they’re trying to knock us to the ground now. We’re done for. This dragon is too much.

Alfred Lord Tennyson puts it this way — “Our little systems have their day: They have their day and cease to be; They are but broken lights of Thee. And thou, O Lord, art more than they.”

That dragon’s very existence is under God’s control. The obstacle, no matter how scary, is not bigger than God. And God has called us by name. We are His and He has promised to protect us, to be near, to help us to overcome.

No matter how scary they look. No matter how loud they huff and puff. No matter how much smoke the blow in our faces. The Lord is more than they.

So, when we are faced with dragons which are splendid in appearance and which strike fear in our hearts, we are to remember God promise. No matter what we are facing, remember His words of encouragement, God is with us. God is more than the difficulty we are facing — no matter how scary it appears. God has created us and redeemed us. Remember, God loves us, He has defeated the dragon and we are His.