‘You armed me with strength for battle.’ Psalm 18:39 NIV
Each of us is fighting a battle of some kind, but not all of us are winning. Those who win come in many different varieties but they all have one thing in common: a faith that refuses to quit! Nobody had more struggles in life than David, and he understood the importance of maintaining the right perspective. He said, ‘You armed me with strength for battle.’ The grace you receive from God will always be equal to the challenges you face. Always! Did you know that Admiral Lord Nelson, England’s famous hero of the sea, suffered from seasickness all his life? Yet this man who sank Napoleon’s fleet refused to let his personal struggles rob him of his destiny. He not only learned to live with his weakness, but to conquer it every day. All of us have our battlegrounds. And while nobody pins a medal on us for winning, nothing can diminish the satisfaction of knowing we didn’t quit, or the joy of knowing we overcame by God’s strength. Whose strength? God’s! ‘You armed me with strength for battle.’
The story’s told of a little boy who lost his right hand in an accident. When the doctor questioned him about his handicap, he replied, ‘I don’t have a handicap; I just don’t have a right hand!’ Later the doctor discovered the boy had gone on to become one of the leading scorers on his high school basketball team. His philosophy in life was: it’s not what you’ve lost but what you have left that counts! That’s the winning attitude, and with God’s help you can develop it.
SoulFood: Rom 9:17–11:36, Jn 10:22–42, Ps 83:9–18, Prov 29:23–27
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023