Friday, December 30, 2016

Strength For The Journey

“Why are you sitting there just staring off into space?” one friend asked another.
“Well, this year has been awful. It’s the worst year that I can ever remember. Nothing’s gone right, so that means everything has gone wrong. So, right now I’m trying to figure out what was the worst thing that happened. But there’s too much competition for first place.”
Call them what you will: Misfortunes or mishaps, troubles or trials, adversities or afflictions. They are part of all of our lives and no one is immune to them.
But some seem to get through them, over them or around them better than others. Does their strength come from a superior source? Do they have a resource to call upon that is unavailable to the rest of us?
There is a story of the men of Judah standing before the Lord with their little ones. Suddenly, the spirit of the Lord came on one of the men. The message that came to him to give to the others was simple: “Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”
All Christians have God’s Spirit in them, Who goes before them and can – if allowed – work through them. If we stand firm in our faith and ask for God’s help, He will fight our battles for us and give us victory.
Prayer: Lord, when adversity tries to stare us down, may we look up to you to save and sustain us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:13-17 …Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.

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