Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion;
they will not be defeated but will endure forever.
Psalm 125:1, NLT*
Trusting God brings security. We won’t be defeated.
That’s not to say we won’t have pain and trouble, but it’s a reminder of the real battle, the long-term spiritual one.
Whatever our hard times, it’s easier to focus on the externals: the disease, rebellious child, unemployment. The things outside our control.
We’re not responsible for the externals. We’re responsible for our hearts, our focus, our faith.
Defeat is when we get our eyes off God. Victory is continuing to trust in spite of what we see, hear, feel, experience.
We can pray for healing, common sense, provision. But we also need to pray for ourselves, to remain strong in our private tests.
This is our temptation, our battle: will we continue to trust? This is where God makes a way, if we’ll only look for it.
Faithful God, You’ve promised to never leave us, and to always make a way out from under the temptations we face. You want us to stand victorious in Your strength, for Your glory and our wellbeing. Help us keep our focus on You despite whatever may go on around us. Help us plant even in tears, to do what needs doing, so we can reap with joy in Your time.
*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.