Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February 4: God arms me with strength

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer and sets me securely on the heights. He trains my hands for war; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand upholds me,
and Your humility exalts me. (Psalm 18:32-35 HCSB)

It’s interesting that God does not promise to eradicate all threats or enemies from our lives, but promises to make us strong for war.  War, conflict, enemies and weapons seem to be the stuff of heroes, of men who enjoy aggression.  But these aspects of a life of faith are meant for everyone—from grandmothers to businessmen to school kids to anyone who chooses to surrender their lives to God.  We are all called to a life of courage, battle, and audacious faith that wins every time.

God’s call to courage is actually a call to obey. To trust that He’ll strengthen us at the moment that we need Him.  There are times when God requires a huge act of faith that no one recognizes but ourselves—the act of remaining steady in a fearful situation, or the act of loving an unlovable person.  The act of walking away from an unhealthy relationship, or the act of standing up for what you know is the truth. 

Depending on what your struggles are, this type of courage can be just as intense as a soldier in the middle of enemy crossfire.  That level of obedience is ignited into an unquenchable fire.  Faith joined with courage puts you in the elite position of being exalted by God.  You are lifted high and made great by the only one who can truly do so. No force can knock you from that position. 

This is God’s promise to those who go all the way with Him, not to the timid, selfish, or half-hearted who shrink back.  What is God requiring of you in the situation you’re in right now?  Are you willing to do that no matter how long it takes?  Or will you give up when the devil’s resistance becomes too unpleasant? Don’t despair if the fight seems to take too long—God has already made you strong enough to bend a bow of bronze, you’re stronger than you think!  Believe that and before you realize it, He will exalt you before your enemies.  For His honor and glory, He will make you great.     

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