When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city. Joshua 6:20 (NIV)
Is it any surprise that you will face battles in life? No, not at all. Life is filled with battles of many various kinds. If I am not in a battle I have probably just left one or I am about to enter one very soon. That’s true. This is a broken world. Everything about this world has been corrupted by sin. This world does not function according to your original design and plan. No, it does not. It was not your plan that life would be filled with so many struggles. No, it was not.
What have you learned about battles in life? Battles in life are not all bad. Battles in life have had a very good and positive and lasting impact on my life. How so? Every battle in life has presented me with a choice. Is that right? Yes, it is. What choice has each and every battle in life presented to you? Each battle in life has asked me who am I going to trust. Each battle in life has asked me who I will rely on. Each battle in life has defined for me who will be the source of my wisdom and strength and guidance and help. Is that so? Yes, it is. What has been the answer to those questions? There is only one correct answer for all of these questions. Really? Yes, really. Then let me hear your answer to every one of these questions. I will trust in you. I will not rely on myself. You have been, are and will be my only source of wisdom and strength and guidance and help. You have been with me to help me through every battle in life. Every battle in life has caused me to draw near to you. Every battle in life has caused me to hold on to you. You have never left me alone when I have been in a battle in life. I am no fan of going through battles in life. On one hand, I wish that life was not filled with so many battles. On the other hand, I am thankful for every battle in life that I have gone through. Why is that? Every battle in life has been one more opportunity to grow closer to you. Every battle in life has been an opportunity to come to know you more intimately. In hindsight, I can now easily say, with great confidence, that I would not trade a battle free life for knowing you less. So, I am very thankful that you have been with me in and through every battle in life. I am thankful that you have helped to come to know you better in and through every battle in life. That is very good.
Lord, I am facing battles in life. Is that a surprise to me, you, or anyone else? When will I not be facing a battle, trial or test in life? I need your wisdom and guidance. Too often I have relied on myself. Help me to know what to do. I will rely on you for my help. Amen
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