It seems to me so many people are battle weary, downtrodden, and living in defeat. But we are not defeated, for the battle belongs to the LORD. The victory is His.
In the midst of these dark times, let’s look for the good He is bringing and the new beauty. Let’s look for the blessings in the brokenness.
Remember these seemingly impossible situations?
- The Red Sea loomed in front of Moses and Pharaoh’s army behind him, but God parted the sea and crushed the enemy. Moses proceeded on dry land, untouched.
- Goliath loomed over David, but God helped him defeat the giant. David proceeded forward and became a man after God’s own heart.
- The wall of Jericho loomed over Joshua, but God gave the instructions that toppled the wall. Joshua marched forward into a miracle and the Promised Land.
- Death loomed over Jesus, but He arose from the grave. It looked like life was over and all hope was lost, but Life and Hope were just beginning.
You do not have to be in the battle alone. Whatever looms over you, God will help you face it and move forward. When David came against Goliath, he said he was doing so in the name of the LORD of hosts.1 God is the one who has all power and authority. Be battle ready and let Him fight for you.
How can you become battle ready? Guard your heart. Listen to the voice of God’s truth. Wear your spiritual armor. Prepare with prayer, the Word, fellowship, and obedience. Follow the instructions of the LORD God. Nourish your soul with the Living Water and the Bread of Life. Allow God to give you His peace. Ask for courage. Take in the good. Release the sin that entangles you. Trust in Him at all times. He sent redemption and will keep His covenant with His people.2
Press on. No retreat. No surrender. Sure-footed and strong. Safe in His hand.
If God is for us, who can be against us? We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us so.3
Give it your all, for His glory.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57
1 See 1 Samuel 17:45.
2 See Psalm 111:9.
3 See Romans 8:31, 37.
Scriptures taken from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
©Text and photo Francee Strain, May 16, 2021