Times Like These Call for Us to Trust, Obey and Pray
A couple of weekends ago, I was privileged to speak to a group of officers and spouses at the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The theme of the weekend was Trust, Obey and Pray, and I felt as if God was urging me to add the word "Courage" to the theme, for we cannot truly trust and obey, if we haven't faith and God's courage to do so.
Months before as I was praying about the event, I sensed God speaking to my soul. I picked up a scrap piece of paper and a pen, and sitting down in my thinking chair, I began to write the following message:
- We must trust that He is still in control and that His plans will prevail.
- That we will obey, doing our part so that others may know Him.
- And finally, to pray that God will give us the strength to endure and the encouragement to stand.
When others were doubting God's protection and provision, Joshua looked at his mountains then looked at his God. He realized in his heart that his God was big enough to move the mountains.
Do we ever doubt? Have you or I ever limited God's power by getting so focused on the mountain that we turned away from His plan?
We must stop looking at the battle line, and instead focus on the One who is in charge of angel armies! He tell us just as He told Joshua, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
What battles are you facing today? Perhaps you are being persecuted for your faith or being overlooked for a promotion. Maye there is a critical incident still haunting your thoughts and affecting every aspect of your life, or your battle is at home - your marriage falling apart and all you can do is cry out to God in sheer frustration, "WHY?"
Whatever the battle....God is the answer!
Just as God told Joshua to prepare and make himself (and the people) ready to receive the blessings He had for them, we must prepare to receive.
Are you spending time in prayer?
Seeking God through His word?
Are you attending a God-centered, Bible believing church?
These are your battle tools...your armor, and a necessity in preparing for the fight.
Finally, look around. Even in the midst of your battles, God is there. Bible scholar Matthew Henry once said, "Christ will be to His people what their faith needs." How is He showing Himself to you today?
To Joshua, He appeared as a man with a drawn sword - the Commander of the Army of the LORD, offering strength and encouragement for the battle ahead.
For you it may look like a phone call, an email or a much needed word of encouragement from a friend. Keep your eyes open and your heart attuned to God's strengthening. If you do, like Joshua, you will find that the sides of your mountain come tumbling down making the way for victory.
Today be encouraged. Though things seem hopeless and dark, God is still in control. Take comfort, Joshua! Trust, Obey and Pray!