“For his anger lasts only for a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” – (Psalm 30:5).
There is no life without its bits of low moments, regardless. There are events that can come our way and certainly deny us of abundant joy. For example the once prosperous Job after he lost all his children, livestock and belonging fell on his face and wept. “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb. For sighing has become my daily food; my groans pour out like water” (Job 3: 11-24).
King David who even after being pursued by Saul but eventually overcoming him was in many instances made to turn to God with a heavy heart. Once after he was pushed out of his court by a rebellious son, he cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?” (Psalm 22: 1).
It is clear that the life of great characters used of God none was not spared of tribulations. But what also comes through that where there was sorrow God would also come through and bring comfort. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we received from God” (2 Cor 1:3).
Out of whatever low moment, God comes and not only comforts us, but brings joy. King David wrote “When anxiety was within me your consolation brought me joy” (Psalm 94:19). Further, he confessed, “He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name” (Psalm 23:3).
Today whatever is the situation turn to the ultimate comforter! Pray as it were, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him and am helped. My heart leaps for joy, and I will give thanks to him in song” (Psalm 28: 7).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I turn to you, in my low moment, that where there is distress and sorrow you fill me with your abundant spirit of joy and peace that surpasses all human understanding, 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!