Ever have a really tough day? Not just an “Oops, I forgot to pull the trash cans to the curb” kind of day, but a day when everything that could go wrong, does. A day when God feels distant, your faith borders on lukewarm and the waves of unfairness and unrest crash down on you with the power of Niagara Falls. Well, like most things, there’s good news and bad news. First, the bad news. As Pastor Greg Laurie reminded his congregation recently, “You are in a spiritual battle. It started the day you began a life with Christ and it will rage until the day you get to Heaven.” But here’s the good news: God is with you and has equipped you for the battle.
1. God is your protector.
He is the Army General and He knows the terrain. However, that’s not to say the battlefield is without hills and challenges. But like any good commander, God is worth trusting as you forge ahead. We see over and over in Scripture how He fulfilled His promises to protect those that loved Him. “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3) Even Paul had to remind the Thessalonians of this great truth. And David wrote in Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
2. God is wise.
Think of the smartest person you know? Maybe it’s Ken Jennings, the winningest contestant on Jeopardy. Or maybe it’s a grandparent who has lived a full life and gleaned wisdom along the way. Well, God trumps them both. So in the moments when you aren’t sure which way to go or what to do, ask God. James 1:5-6 reminds us: ” If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Remember, Satan is a master of confusion and God is the master of clarity.
3. God is never surprised.
Consider the last time you were surprised. Maybe it was a birthday party or a random act of kindness. Now, consider the God of the universe never has that experience or feeling because He knows all. While spending too much time thinking about this could make your head hurt, it should also give you a huge sense of relief, calm and peace. God knows what’s ahead for you, the ups, the downs, the victories and the challenges. And from His vantage point, He is never taken off guard, he is not confused, and knows exactly what you need and understands your thoughts. Need more? Give Psalm 139 a read.
Bottom line: Satan is always looking for opportunities to lead you astray. He delights in shaking you in your faith and gaining any ground possible in the spiritual battle of your life. Don’t let him. Don’t give in. And in the moments when it seems you are at the end of your rope, remember who is standing alongside you and on your behalf … and fight on.