Ezra 4:4-5 “Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.”
We have been warned.
We will have opposition. We have a lively enemy. We cannot escape it – we must fight.
But we also have been given a promise of ultimate victory.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
I am reminded often after I fail, that I have been given all I need to succeed. So, why is it that I don’t remember the promises of God that have already given me the victory?
I believe God wants us to purpose in our hearts to trust Him in all things.
I have been at my Dad’s bedside as he prepares to take his flight home to heaven. The sheer emotion that accompanies our watch is thick with memories, laughter and tears. But there has been a fight going on as well.
Satan doesn’t not play fair.
I wonder what those, who aren’t saved do?
I know that my hope in Christ has buoyed me when all seemed so dark. Hope has opened the door for God’s peace to wash over my soul. Hope has caused tears to be of joy and comfort. Hope becomes the arms that hold me when I can’t seem to hold it together.
The commonality we share in this life can bring comfort as well. But our unity in the fight against our enemy can bring hope as well. When I know there are others fighting alongside it me gives me confidence. To hear of others praying for me – knowing they bring my name before my Heavenly Father brings calm to my soul.
Today, I stay close to my Savior because I know that I cannot make it through without Him. At times, I feel like John, the beloved as he leans on Jesus. Being so close to hear His heartbeat; feeling the warmth of His touch; encompassed by His arms – being held with such love.
I share this with you today because it is a part of each of our lives. One day, we will all face the time we leave this world. I pray today can be added as one that you can say ‘I did your will’.