why our battles have a purpose (Psalm 142, part 6)
“Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I.” (Psalm 142:6)
All of us go through difficulties and trying times. It is as if there are many worlds waging war within us, and peace is to be searched for with great effort. Sometimes, the battlefield is all you can see and the war takes longer than you could hold on to strength to fight.
All of us — both great and little in our faith — are going to face difficult, trying times. Which is why it is not a thing of shame for you to drag around with you, to pull you deep down in that ocean of sadness and depression. These hard times you are going through, are not a show of lack of faith or your doubt. Going through a trial does not label you as a second class citizen in the ranks of heaven. It is not there because you are weak, because you are not enough, because you are too much.
What does matter, though, is how we respond to these difficulties and trials. For us believers, our knee jerk reaction should be to lift up a prayer to our God Almighty. We need to look at prayer as a reality; trusting that His answer will come, confidently resting upon the promises given to us.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:1-3)
Because you see — when we are weak, He is strong. My friend, often God lets us see just how weak we are so that He can show us and remind us that He truly is the God Almighty, the Everlasting God.
So the Lord does not move in to help until we have given up and willingly allow Him to work in the midst of our battlefield, in our circumstance, in our lives, in us. Because if the help or the solution came from ourselves, we would have something to boast about and glorify ourselves with. But when we come to the end of our rope, completely helpless in ourselves. God moves in to help us, to rescue us — and all the glory belongs to Him.
When we become fully yielded, God can work in us and through us, even in the midst of a great war within us. When we become fully yielded, we give Him glory as we recognize His strength in the midst of our weakness. When we become fully yielded, we are filled by the Holy Spirit and the Lord uses us for His purposes and for His plan. We become those people God uses, and this is why our battles and our trials have a great purpose.
“Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.” (Psalm 28:6-7)
This week, my friend, let us look at prayer as a reality in our lives, knowing that our God hears us and He will provide. Whether you are trudging up a battlefield miles wide or fighting through a battle without an end — the Lord Is There (Jehovah Shammah). The Lord Will Provide (Jehovah Jireh). The Lord is your Shepherd; but He is also your Friend (Jehovah-Raah).
No season of hardships or difficulties, will ever be wasted when we open our hands and offer it all to the Lord. He will lead us out of that battle, into a glory bright and shining. He will walk with us every step of the way, and never let go.
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