I was feeling restless this morning, so I began to pray and decided to read my Bible for a little while. I randomly opened my Bible to the book of Proverbs and came upon Proverbs Chapter 24. Several of the verses in that chapter jumped out at me and I wanted to share my thoughts about what those verses meant to me. Before you read this, please know that I am far from being perfect and these thoughts apply to myself as much as anyone else.
As a Christian, my strength comes from the Lord. I can grow in strength by reading my Bible, spending time in prayer, and keeping my mind pure by monitoring what I read, listen to, watch, and talk about.
The war Christians wage is against Satan and the powers of darkness. There are many different “fronts” and battles being fought in this war. Some are individual and personal, others are ones that we come alongside friends, family members, or even complete strangers to help them fight, and still others are ones that are on an even larger scale that affect our whole country or world. Whatever the scale- private or world-wide- they are all against the same enemy- Satan.
Being a Christian is nothing to play at. When you are called to fight, you must be prepared to place your trust in the Lord, even though the whole world may be shaking around you.
In these times, hold fast to your faith and to God. “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10) We all reach a point where we have to decide, “Am I going to be bold and trust God, or am I going to lose faith and sink into despair?”.
“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.” (Proverbs 24:11) Reach out to your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Pray for them and with them. Be present. Show up, even if you don’t feel like it. Just the simple fact that someone cared enough to show up or make a phone call can be very meaningful in a time of grief or struggle.
“…for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” (Proverbs 24:6) The word of God and the counsel of mature Christians are both excellent weapons in this war that we wage.
The battles may rage, but it is our job as Christians to hold the line and to hold up each other. Never underestimate the power of praying, reading your Bible, and living your life in accordance with the Word of God. And, always remember, that the battle may be fierce, but through Christ, the victory has already been won.