Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid.
Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”
May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace.”
Living under incoming fire today? Here’s a word from the Word, both challenging and comforting. Let it hold you steady.
When we get too focused on our responsibilities we can lose sight of God’s abilities. In that moment, we become vulnerable to all kinds of temptation. The Devil loves when we mistakenly allow ourselves to think that it all rests on our shoulders. We all deal with seasons of life when challenges pile up, when questions form and for which we have no answer, when others demand more of us than we think we can produce. The Christian enjoys a resource that those without the Spirit cannot know. Jesus said, “I will send the Spirit… He will lead you.”
Remember the tragic story of the failure that cost Moses the privilege of leading God’s People into the Promised Land? (Numbers 20) Thirsty, desperate people demanded the impossible: “Give us water now!” They attacked Moses and Aaron asking, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt to this terrible place?” Amazing, isn’t it, how quickly today’s pressing need makes us forget yesterday’s troubles and even God’s faithful in the past. They forgot the awful lives in slavery that cost them their sons and daughters! Moses went to prayer and God gave him the solution: “Go out and speak to the rock and it will pour out water!” However, Moses held onto the sting of the accusations that he was failing as a leader. In a self-centered moment he let resentment boil over as he went back before the people who doubted him, accused him, … and he sinned.
“He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” Numbers 20:10-12 In implying that he, not God, was producing the water needed, Moses sinned. It’s so understandable, but God said it was unacceptable!
Make my life a prayer to You,
I want to do what you want me to,
No empty words, no white lies,
No token prayers, no compromise,
I want to shine the Light You gave,
through Your Son You sent to save us,
from ourselves and our despair,
it comforts me to know You’re really there.
Well, I want to thank You now for being patient with me,
Oh, it’s so hard to see, when my eyes on me!
I guess, I’ll have trust and just believe what You say,
Lord, You’re coming again, Coming to take me away.
Make My Life A Prayer
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First, submit your emotions to the facts. Declare your status as God’s child.
Second, talk about your anxiety with your Father and, if necessary, with a mature Christian friend.
Third, evaluate the situation in ultimate terms.
Fourth – do what’s right!
Don’t let fear swallow you and destroy this day. Here’s a confession of faith, the word from the Word for this day. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-9:1, NIV)
Justice is a double-edged sword. We tend to give ourselves an exception when it comes to justice, don’t we? Who among us has not said something like this:
- His anger is so destructive to his family; mine is just what I have to do to get my kids to fall in line.
- His bitterness is so toxic to relationships; mine is understandable given the awful way that my boss treats me.
- He is greedy; I’m just trying to make a living.
- He is selfish; I’m just taking care of what belongs to me.
- He’s an idiot; I’m just a ‘work in progress.’
Oh, that God would give us the gift
To be able to see ourselves as others see us
It would save us from many mistakes
and foolish thoughts
We would change the way we go about so proudly