Winning the battle (4)
Another thing we need to do to win our battles is to trust in God and persevere when it gets tough. God responded to Jehoshaphat’s prayer by saying: ‘The battle is not yours, but God’s.’ We can often wear ourselves out trying to fight God’s battles in our own strength. But God says: ‘He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength’ (Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV). If we’re feeling weak from fighting in our own strength, we can go to Him and ask Him to restore and refresh us. If we’re going to rely on His strength, we need to trust Him. But trusting in God can be easier said than done, especially when we’re facing a really tough battle. We can wonder whether God has left us to deal with it on our own, or whether He wanted us to suffer. Sometimes our battles can seem to be intensifying rather than getting better. How are we supposed to trust Him when things are getting worse? But God can see the bigger picture, and we might not always understand it. The Bible says: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight’ (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV). It’s in the times when nothing seems to be changing that we need to persistently bring our battles to God. We need to wait expectantly for Him to move. We need to trust Him to bring victory. God doesn’t need us to micromanage things; He has everything under control. He wants us to relax and trust in Him.
Whatever battle you’re facing, bring it to God regularly throughout the day and don’t give up if you don’t see any change in your situation yet.
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