Since the beginning of 2020, the world has been party to several storms not to mention the beloved COVID that have caused untold amounts of damage not to forget the lives that were lost. Before a big storm, there are almost always warnings either on the news or in the sky. The reason for the warnings is that we will use the time to prepare for them. Many of us, me included, do not always prepare for storms despite every possible warning and find ourselves at best overwhelmed by them or, at worst crushed by them. Despite the best early warning radars, there are storms in which there is no warning and leave us with more questions than we have answers for; sort of like what Job went through. My encouragement to you who are enduring storms is, don’t give up and don’t give in except to good judgment (Winston Churchill). God does not let us face the storms just to see if we are waterproof; rather, it is to test the quality of our metal so that the sword we hold becomes pressure tested (verse) and we become battle-ready. God never plays chess with us to see who has the quickest wit; rather, he trains us through the storms to trust him (Psalms 131:1-2). I find that the greatest warriors for God are generally those who have endured the greatest storms; equally, those who have the greatest trust in God have also been the ones who have lost the most (Matthew 16:25). When you read about Job, and I highly encourage you to do so at least once a year, you will see a man who faced innumerable difficulties that would drive the strongest to question God’s existence. Job faced accusations from his closest friends and family, and insults from the very people he took care of when they were in need (Psalms 35:13-14). Remember, the word of God is not merely a book of uplifting words to be used as a buffet; rather, it is meant to be a mirror that helps us to look at our past in light of the present and strengthen us to face the future (a topic for another day).
10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
You give us all that we need to face the storms of our life today. You tell us not to be worried about tomorrow’s storms nor, next week’s or, even yesterday’s. You tell us that because “enough for today is the troubles therein” (Matthew 6:34). When we focus our attention on today’s storms, we find the way by following the light (Deuteronomy 31: the path you have never taken). We cannot fix the things that are in our past nor, can we fix tomorrow so, we must center our eyes on today. If we are powerless to fix today which we can see, how can fix yesterday much less tomorrow? Be with my readers Father in all of the storms of their life.I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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