Observing special days can remind us of what has happened in the past, as well as guide our efforts now and in the future. On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who have died while serving in our country’s armed forces. Reflecting on how they bravely fought for freedom can motivate us to also take heart and fight for freedom in the way God has called us to.
Many brave souls have found freedom in moving from one place to another. Immigrants from other countries came to America to escape harsh conditions back home and/or freely pursue their dreams. In the Bible, the Israelites fled slavery in Egypt so they could settle in the Promised Land. According to Colossians 1:13, God has rescued Christians “from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.”
Freedom sometimes comes from facing our enemies head on rather than running away from them. Law enforcement officers and military personnel confront threats to our liberty, peace, and safety—whether those threats come from home or abroad. When we force out the lies we have believed and instead take hold of the truth, we experience deliverance from strongholds like addictions, fear, and insecurity.
We don’t always have to move or act; we often attain tremendous freedom when we simply remain in position. Spiritual attacks can wear us out if we fight in our own strength rather than stand firm in the armor God has given us (e.g., faith, righteousness, salvation, truth, etc.—see Ephesians 6:10-20). We don’t have to fight battles that belong to God; we just have to rest in knowing He is fighting them for us (1 Samuel 17:47). In fact, the greatest battle has already been won—God’s Son, Jesus Christ, sacrificed His life so we can live in freedom today and forevermore.
This Memorial Day, may we pay tribute to those who have died in battle by not only remembering their sacrifice, but also by continuing to courageously fight for freedom. If we are living in a physical place that threatens our well-being, may we move on. May we face any fear that is keeping us from receiving what God has promised us. When freedom is so close we can taste it, may we remain standing—trusting wholeheartedly in God.