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Why We Don’t Lose Hope in the Battle

They used to shine–his eyes. Now, red-rimmed and dull, they peer at the world from beneath a furrowed brow. The sparkle is gone and I lie awake pouring out words of supplication for this one that I love.

Help him in his weariness, Lord.

The Israelites had grown weary, too. Weary of trials. Weary of wilderness living. Weary of waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled. After all, they’d been boxed into the desert place for forty years. Forty years of prayer, worship, and hardship.

Wilderness wandering has a way of eroding hope.

Have you journeyed through the wilderness? Are you there now? Could it be that you are wondering if God will ever respond to your cries for help and deliver you to the other side of the hard place in which you’ve been living?

Oftentimes, the edge of the wilderness is our testing ground. #hopeinthewilderness #heisourhope Click To Tweet

Friend, let me encourage you. Not only is God with you in the wilderness, but He exhorts us not to give up hope as we battle our way to the other side. Oftentimes, the edge of the wilderness is our testing ground. It is that figurative place in our faith where we press through the weariness to the promises of God knowing that He is trustworthy. That He is with us. That He will never leave us or forsake us.

What Does the Bible Say About Not Being Afraid?

Just before God’s people stepped out of the wasteland and into their inheritance, God exhorted them with these words:

When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army.  He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” (Deuteronomy 20:2-4)

Did you notice the first statement? Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. These words weren’t intended to declare the obvious. Instead, these were a rallying cry. A proclamation emboldening God’s people to hold the line.

While we may not be standing knee to knee against our foes, you and I will face enemies. They might be called by names like Mental Illness, Addiction, Unfaithfulness, or Disease. Others go by titles such as Fear, Financial Distress, or Loss of a Loved One.

These enemies rise large on the horizon like giants inhabiting the Promised Land, but like the Israelites we are called to stand fast. #standfast #giantsinthePromisedLand Click To Tweet

These enemies rise large on the horizon like giants inhabiting the Promised Land, but like the Israelites we are called to stand fast. To continue regardless of the circumstances. To put on hope and cast of fear.

Why? Because the God of all creation is fighting on our behalf and He has already ensured us a victory. A holy victory that was established in eternity past.

 

How Does the Promise of Victory Keep Us From Losing Hope?

Each day his back bends in prayer before the sun rises. I hear the muffled sighs from the other room. But today, I notice something different as we exchange the customary morning greeting–the smile reaches his eyes.

The apostle Paul understood the struggle to persevere. He experienced imprisonment, stoning, and shipwrecks. None of these overcame his faith.

Romans 8:35 and 37 read,

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (NIV)

More than conquerors. In the Greek, this phrase means “over-victorious”. You and I are already “over-victorious” because our true and lasting joy is embodied in Christ.

Until we reach the other side of heaven, we can live with hope because no matter the battles we face, He is our inheritance Click To Tweet.

If you’ve grown weary of your skirmishes with the enemy, remember He is your battle partner. You aren’t in this alone.

Scripture for Reflection

  • “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:35-37 NIV)
  • “Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.” (Psalm 130:7 NKJV)

Action Step

For the next seven days, recite Romans 8:35-37 but replace the pronouns “us” and “we” with your name.

 

Peace and grace,

Tammy

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The scree field lay ahead, an endless sward of grey and brown sandstone. Pausing to wipe the heat of summer from my brow, I peered over my shoulder. The hikers following behind were smiling and laughing–unfazed by the weight of the pack on their backs.

But I was unaccustomed to the burden and new to hiking. Joining this group of experienced backpackers on a roundtrip fourteen-mile journey into the interior of the rugged Montana terrain was proving more challenging than I imagined. My calves were visibly cramping, and I didn’t have the appropriate gear for the trip.

Though I knew reaching the destination would require more of me than I had to give, I was determined not to complain. I had chosen this route. The rocky trail was mine to overcome.

Have you ever faced a mountain, its size and impassability overwhelming? Fractured relationships you long to repair. A cancerous growth that spreads like wildfire. Anger or bitterness that wedges inside a loved one’s heart with seeming randomness. Unexplained abuse that steals beauty from life.

Maybe you’re standing on that rocky scree field today, wondering how you’ll make it across. You feel as though other people are going to pass you by–their lives filled with joy. Where did you go wrong?

Perhaps the weight of your burden is pressing you down and the heat of the sun burns through your shirt as if it weren’t there. Even moving forward seems impossible. I understand. I’ve been there.

That day on the side of the slippery slope? Someone noticed the strain of my climb. Arriving by my side, he said, “I’ll carry your pack for a while. It won’t be a problem.”

With a wide grin, he strapped my burden on top of his and stayed by my side until we reached the summit.

Jesus is like that. He willingly carries our baggage. The cumbersome trials and challenges that weigh heavy on our hearts and minds–those nagging worries that keep us up at night; they are the burdens Christ invites us to off-load.

Friend, if you’re stuck on the scree field bearing a load to heavy for one person, won’t you give it to Him? He’s waiting to take it from you.

 

Scripture for reflection:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

 

Peace and grace,

Tammy

I often linkup with the following wonderful bloggers.

 

Mondays   InstaEncouragementsMandy and MicheleKingdom Bloggers,

Tuesdays RaRa Linkup /GraceFull Tuesday / Tell His Story/Anchored Abode,

Wednesdays   Worth Beyond RubiesRecharge Wednesday Welcome Wednesday /LetsHave Coffee/

Thursdays Heart Encouragement  /  Tune In Thursday  /Salt and Light /  Five Minute Friday

Friday Faith on Fire, Blogger Voices Network, Grace and Truth Linkup

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