“I will lift up my eyes to the hills- From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” - Psalm 121:1 (NIV).
Except for those living in desert plains, it is common to see hills rising over any landscape. Hills can be a beautiful sight especially where there are covered with a rich a vegetation. In many cities, like Kampala, though hills have been invaded with settlements and are no longer lighted with the old vegetation, except for concrete structure.
If a hill is ahead of you, one can hardly see beyond. A hill by its nature obstructs a view. There are places where tunnels have been constructed to pass through hills, but mostly people decide to just go around a hill to get ahead. In brief, hills can be an obstacle in our journeys.
As believers we can also come up and face hills. A hill can feature in our very lives when we are faced with a challenge that we can’t see beyond. The challenge seems to be so huge that the hill in our mind actually becomes a mountain. Perhaps we might even be too terrified that instead of figuring a way around the hill, we drop down, exhausted with fear and worry.
When King David was faced with a hill, instead of only focusing on the hill, he looked beyond to something higher and more hopeful. The Almighty God who made the heaven and earth, and controls all situations. Instead of focusing on the hill of problems, he asked, “From whence my help comes?”
Once there was a situation when Moses sent out scouts to spy a new land. Of the 12 spies everyone saw hills; except two warriors who looked beyond hills, and believed there was a God greater than the giants they had seen (Numbers 13). Joshua and Caleb believed that that God would deliver them in spite of all they had seen.
Today, if you are seeing a hill ahead, may your faith rise and look beyond the hill, like Joshua and Caleb. Like David, believe, that our help will come from the Lord, a very present help in trouble.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am faced with a hill I look beyond it, because you are our present help, and will carry me through and beyond the hill, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!