Pretend you’re in the vast outreaches of outer space aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. You’re Captain Jean-Luc Picard and you’ve just encountered the Borg, a species of manlike machines of unimaginable intelligence. They have no feelings. They have no fear. They have one purpose—to steal, kill and destroy. They have successfully annihilated entire civilizations and transformed the captured populations into robots like themselves. An intergalactic message flashes on your monitor. It’s the Borg. “You will be assimilated,” drones the automaton. “Resistance is futile.”
When threats come, you do have a choice. You can accept defeat. Or, you can fight. After all, what if your enemy is a liar? What if resistance is not futile?
Sometimes the problems we face in life seem Borgish. The issues are complex, the odds overwhelming and any steps we could take to solve the problem seem…futile. Just thinking about the effort needed to defeat the problem makes us tired. Discouragement is easy during those times. However, difficult times cause us to grow in ways we never could without them.
It’s impossible to develop strength without resistance. Consider the body. To build muscle and increase strength, we lift weights. We don’t look at the weight, talk about the weight, cry about the weight, complain about the weight or leave the weight on the floor. We lift the weight and do repetitions of the movement until our muscles are challenged. Then we go through the same process over and over again, day in and day out, until we achieve a new level of fitness.
To become spiritually fit, there must be resistance. God allows it for our good. When resistance comes we should press into it—not walk away from it. It’s the pushing against the obstacle that makes us grow. We don’t even have to worry about the obstacle overcoming us. God is on our side. He is our personal trainer. He is “spotting” us every step of the way. The moment our natural strength and ability runs out, He gives us His strength and power to lift every weight and overcome every situation.
2 Samuel 22:33
“God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.” (King James Version)
Champions look forward to adding resistance to their workout. It proves they have mastered the previous level. As Christians, we should look forward to developing our spiritual muscles by meeting resistance head on, without fear and in the power of the Holy Spirit. We can carry the weight of our calling and the responsibility that comes with it through Christ who strengthens us. Next time a challenge comes, remember…
“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.” (Amplified Bible)
(IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING: Captain Picard did defeat the Borg by introducing a “sense of individuality” program into their hive-like control system. Try defeating your “Borg” by being the unique individual God created you to be.)