Coping with the Challenges, Trusting God

Ready for Battle

Every night when I go to bed, I am wounded, struck down by the battles of the day. I would say that the battles can’t be as hard as what others may face. But the battles are mine, and I am tested to the full. That which I am most weak in is the place of the most intense fighting.

I lie awake for some time replaying the events of the day. When my eyes finally close, The Lord gives me the rest I need, both physical and spiritual. “Rest, my child, for tomorrow is a new day of battles.” “What, Lord? More battles? I may not want to awaken from this peaceful solitude. How could I fight when I barely made it through this day? Why would you enlist me once again when my wounds are still fresh?”

BibleBut while I am asleep, He renews me and miraculously heals all my wounds. And before the early morning light, He awakens me. He nourishes and feeds me with His Word to strengthen me to fight once more. He communes with me that I almost forget the spiritual war waging around me. He outfits me with an armor that can withstand the fiercest combat (Ephesians 6:13-17). From head to toe, I am protected, with my only weapon being a sword. But not just any sword; it is the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. It is the same sword Jesus wielded when faced with the flaming darts of Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11).

“Am I ready, Lord? ” What would make me want to face what I faced yesterday? What enabled Joshua to be strong and courageous and lead the Israelites into the promised land (Joshua 1:1-9)? What compelled Isaiah to say, “Here I am! Send me” to go to a people with dull hearts, heavy ears, and blind eyes (Isaiah 6:8-10)? Before these faithful men came face to face with the struggles ahead, they faced the God who had sent them.

So, The Lord takes me aside to meet with Him. He reminds me to behold Him in all His glory and majesty, as Isaiah did. He reveals Himself to me through His Word. Then, He sends me off. “Take courage, dear child. Stand firm, and I will be with you.”

 

(Photo credit: Mark Lehigh)

45 thoughts on “Ready for Battle”

  1. Hi,
    Thank you for reading my blog today. I truly appreciate it. You write very well. I enjoy reading material which is well-written. I hope you don’t mind if I follow you. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks again!
    Carol

  2. I’ve been part of a study on Isaiah recently and it has been great to see the role of God and Isaiah’s view of himself before God. The chapters leading up to 5 and 6 are eye opening to a culture much like our own. I’m realizing the importance of studying the Old Testament prophets. So good!

  3. Very encouraging indeed – am also in trenches and needing God’s strength to fight on. But He will equip me for the day ahead. Am reminded of the story in 2Kings (?) when the city is surrounded and it all looks hopeless but the prophet prays that someone’s eyes are opened – and they see a celestial army all around, much more vast that those besieging them.

  4. Even as I type, I pray for God’s strength, wisdom, and JOY to envelope you. What a blessing you are to your family and to the world as they witness your faithfulness and love. May God use your blog to minister the riches of his grace to many! (I have a feeling he already is!!)

  5. This has been a huge blessing to read. Thank you for your transparent heart and the reminder to trust the Lord to renew us and make us ready to face the day – with all the new challenges and battles … THANK YOU!

    1. Praise The Lord that He can use this to encourage others to press on! Personally, I’m a real wimpy soldier (an oxymoron, right?). But, I can testify that God delights to use the weak in order to display his great power.

  6. Just thought I would pipe up and let you this is the third time I’ve gone back to re-read this post. You’re referring to one of my favorite parts of the Old Teatament, and you’ve really captured the reason why I turn to it so much. Bless you for using your writing skills to share it with so many others.

    1. Thank you for your comment! I love hearing from others, who are in the trenches as well! I wrote this post in the midst of my struggles, so it encourages me to hear how God can use it to bless others.

  7. Needed this! I get so frustrated when facing the same “battle” day after day. I need to remember to pray each night that God would heal me of the battle scars of the day so that I can awake, clean, pure and whole, ready to go at it another day. Thanks for sharing!

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