No matter what trials we face in life we can find comfort in knowing that our circumstances are not random occurrences: the Lord knew before the beginning of time what we may face, and he made a way of escape. Sometimes the way of escape may be through the fire, but just the same, he gives us the grace and ability to go through it without ever being destroyed. I can’t image going through life without the blessing of God on my life. He is my fortress, he is my shield, and buckler. He is my high tower. As the song goes, “when my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Throughout the bible, people have had to face difficulties, yet every time, the Lord provided the way to overcome it. I admit that sometimes the way seems dark and if we aren’t careful we may look at the vast darkness, and fear the unknown instead of placing our complete confidence in the one who created life and life more abundantly. God is light. If I keep my eyes on him, I will always know the way through the darkness.
Usually what happens, with me is that I get distracted and look at what is trying to derail me from the path the Lord has set me on, instead of the one who has all situations in his control. What happens next is I become fearful and begin to doubt that I’m capable to handle a situation. Who am I?
Yes, the enemy of our soul would like nothing better than to cause us to live in fear of the unknown. It’s time to stand up and make our petitions count. ” So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19).
I know that this is the last day of the year and maybe you are ending the year with some regrets about unfinished business. It could be that you didn’t give enough, or pray enough or read your bible, or witness enough. Don’t allow the past regrets to dictate what you may be able to accomplish in the new year. We are required to do our best. Any thing less than our best is not acceptable. We have God’s promise that he would never leave us nor forsake us.
Isn’t it time to hold on to God’s promise? “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Why do we have to constantly fight the good fight of faith? We find out in this week’s Lattereign. It is because We Were Chosen.