As I was considering today’s Scriptures and asking the Lord for a recurring theme, the message that came to me was clear! The Lord fights our battles. He rescues us in times of trouble. He does it his way and in his perfect time.
In 1 Samuel 14: 1-23, we see how God rescued the Israelites from the hands of the Philistines using Jonathan as a catalyst.
In John 13:18-38, we see Jesus telling his disciples about his impending betrayal. They did not yet understand that his betrayal would lead to the battle on the cross and that he would ultimately be victorious and defeat sin and death. He would be glorified in and through the Father.
In Psalm 66: 13-15, we see how burnt offerings and animal sacrifices were offered to God by those who sought his audience and help in times of trouble. The good news is that today we have our High Priest Jesus, and because of his finished work on the cross, we can approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
God is the same, yesterday, today and forevermore! The same God that rescued the Israelites from the hands of the Philistines and that provided the redemptive plan for us all longs for us to come to him with our fears, trials and tribulations.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
What troubles are you facing today? Are you weary? Are you fearful?
In these strange and uncertain times that we find ourselves living in, we can take comfort in knowing that he is with us through the ‘fire’ and through the ‘storms’ (Isaiah 43:2). We can approach him with our fears and troubles, and he WILL fight our battles. Praise be to God!
Daughter of the King, wife, mother, congregant