We all face a multitude of challenges on a daily basis. This is one of the great promises our Lord has given to His children, so that they will not be surprised when the winds of challenge begin to blow in their direction.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Notice that Jesus promises both trouble and triumph. We will face all sorts of trouble on this side of the grave, but our Lord has overcome it all. And because we are united by faith to Him, we too have overcome it all.
I want to share a deep biblical truth with you that will help you when you face challenges in life: Remember and rise! Here is what I mean. Current danger can be overcome by remembering past deliverances. It helped David and it will help you.
[David said to Saul], “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37)
David knew what we all know by way of experience, that if we will simply look back and we will see what God has been doing in our lives. Just like David, God has delivered you out of the paw of the lion and the bear. Now, it is unlikely that you were confronted with a real, live lion or bear. It’s far more likely that God has delivered you from the “lion of loss” or the “bear of burden” on more than one occasion. The key, then, is to remember and rise above your current difficulties!
David was careful to acknowledge that he did not conquer the lion and the bear in his own strength. He conquered in the strength of His God, who was gracious to deliver him out of trouble and into triumph. Will God not do the same for you today, as He has done repeatedly in your past? God said He will never leave or forsake you, so you can be assured that He will deliver you once again from whatever “lion” or “bear” you are facing today.
Oh, by the way, you do remember what happened between David and that giant Philistine, don’t you? David was trusting in God, who delivered him in the past and would deliver him once again. And that is exactly what God did. Facing overwhelming odds in the form of Goliath, David overcame in the strength of the Almighty.
Take a moment to reflect on all of your past deliverances and determine to face whatever challenge lies before you today. You can be sure that what God did for you in the past, He will do again today. You have His word on it.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!