June 04, 2004
I have been on this earth long enough to remember June 6, 1944, D-Day. That was the date the Allied Forces invaded Normandy in France during the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands of men; thousands of ships of all kinds and sizes; thousands of planes and the hopes of mankind were there on that stormy day. The men and materials came from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and from a number of other countries, some of which had been overrun by the Nazis, such as Poland and France. It was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany and their quest to conquer the world. I can still remember how I felt, as an eleven old boy, when a friend told me, “The invasion is on. I just heard it on the radio.” I was excited and glad to hear that our troops were moving inland. I thought, “Perhaps the war will be shorter now and we will win.”
There were many plans put into place so the Allies could create a beachhead in France from where they could push on into Germany. Paratroopers went in during the early hours of June 6th while it was still dark. Landing crafts carried thousands of men onto the beaches. Other ships brought in materials such as tanks and artillery pieces along with ammunition, food, and all the things necessary for such an operation.
Military units were given orders to achieve certain objectives. It was critical that they succeed or the invasion might fail. And part of the orders given were to achieve the objective and ..."Hold until relieved!" Accomplish the mission and then stand fast. Don't lose what has been gained. Relief will soon come.
Thinking about this I can see a parallel in our walk with Christ. We are part of God's Army and we have our orders ...."Make Disciples!" We are to do this in all the countries of the world. Thus, we must invade all the places of “Darkness” on this planet. In a sense, we are all missionaries. And it will take every one of us, using the gifts which God has given to each one of us. Our weapons are the Word and Love of God, to be shared with all mankind. We must not fail. We must achieve our objectives. Then we must “hold until relieved!” Many times this will have to be accomplished in very difficult situations and could be very dangerous for us. It could also be very costly. However, keep in mind that Satan's quest is to conquer the world. (That includes you and your loved ones). As Believers we must follow God's orders. They are found in God's Word, the Bible.
The infantryman’s most important piece of equipment is his rifle, but in previous ages the sword was a soldier's most vital weapon. In Ephesians 6, Paul likens the duty of a Christian to a soldier going into battle:
'Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God' (Ephesians 6:10-17, NKJV).
As Christians, our most important
piece of equipment is our Bible, God’s Word. And as soldiers use their sword, or rifle, we
must use our Bible. This means spending time in God’s Word and obeying God’s
Word in our daily life. As we do this we must remember the admonition, "Hold
until relieved." Jesus said in Matthew 28:19b..."And remember,
I AM with you always, to the end of the age."
Are you in the process of accomplishing God's purpose for your life, no matter the circumstances? If so, are you willing to continue in that purpose until relieved? And who is it that will provide relief? Of course, it is God, but can't we see that if we do not “Make Disciples” as He commands, there will be none to bring relief? Oh, the greatness of God. Who can comprehend His wisdom? The very disciples we make will one day take our place, bringing relief and at the same time invading “Darkness” to make disciples, all over this world, with the Word of God. “Hold until relieved” is not passive. It is the strategy of God for victory in His invasion of our world.
What part of this world will you invade and hold until relieved?