"The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand" - Psalm 37:24-5 (NIV).
Can you imagine a situation where a stranger meets a girl. He tells her there is a lad out there looking for a bride. So he waits. And the girl says, "I am willing to go!"
Of course you may be thinking of a broker who goes out to pluck wives from nowhere for lonely guys out there. You might also imagine this was some loose girl quick to desert her home. But you would be dead wrong. The girl here was none other than Rebekah. She was "The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor.. (Gen 24:47).
The story here is that when Abraham was getting up in years he sent out his servant to procure a wife for his son, Isaac, among his people he had left behind. This was one wise servant who dedicated the journey to the Lord. Once he approached his destiny he "prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham" (vv 12).
He made a stop at a village well and lo behold here he meets Rebekah. So, without waste, he proposes for the guy back home. Rebekah believed and led the stranger to her home who pleaded for her hand. But her father Laban was all on guard. “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.” So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?” "I will go,” she said. So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men (vv 58-59).
Rebekah certainly took a step of faith. And her union with Isaac was a successful one, giving birth to Jacob, the father of the Israelites. This was not something she could have anticipated then. She went out in faith.
There are those faith steps the Lord would have us take too. Not everything is clear and from the look of it you might seem to be out of your mind. But then because the Lord is in it, you move out and He rewards that step of faith with a bounty harvest. One whose sheer breadth and scale none could have imagined. By the way it still happens today.
Of course you know your circumstances. But if you know the Lord is calling you out to embark on some great journey, and everything all around appears fuzzy, folks think you are out of your mind, just know Rebekah was in no less the same shoes, and look what happened! Take a step of faith.
Prayer for Today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I look to you as I take a step of faith that you may fullfil your promises for me, 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!