1 Peter 5: 8, 9 (NLT) “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.”
Sometimes, when things seem to be going smoothly in your life, an issue will come up that rocks the boat. The rocking isn’t always so subtle; it can be so severe at times that you feel that you will be thrown into the tempestuous waters around you. What will you do? Do you get mad that your sailing isn’t so smooth anymore and curse your circumstance? Or do you hold on and pray that God will calm the seas or take you to dry land where you will be more secure?
When you are living the way God would have you live and doing the work that he would have you to do (I’m not speaking of necessarily of ministry, but just being obedient to whatever He has you doing) our enemy, the devil, will seek to devour us. He will throw a wrench in our plans so well that we think that all is doomed to fail. He’ll have us thinking that any effort we make towards fixing the problem will be futile. But in these times of turmoil and suffering is when God can truly flex and show us that He can do anything. We must be faithful and pray and believe that He will do what is best for us.
I’m sitting in a boat right now that is rocking furiously, but I know that God has a plan and that this storm will not last long. Yes, it is scary that there’s nothing more that I can do than fast and pray and be strong in the Lord, but I’m showing the devil that I stand firmly believing that God will deliver me from the dilemma I face. I’m thankful that God has me in a work environment where people pray and believe in God and trust Him. I’m thankful that God has connected me with friends who are prayer warriors who will fast and pray with me.
I challenge you to remember that God can do anything and has everything we need. Remember that He sees you and cares about your cares. I challenge you to draw closer to Him: seek Him more in prayer and in reading His Word.
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