|Posted on September 4, 2019 at 2:10 PM|
My hope comes from these 4 simple words repeated throughout Scripture:
What’s more I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you. Genesis 28:15
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
They will fight you, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken! Jeremiah 1:19
But now the LORD says: Be strong (it helps me to insert my own name)…Be strong… Be strong all of you still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Haggai 2:4
…And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of age. Matthew 28:20
There is just something about those 4 words that help me breathe again. Assure me that all will be alright. Calm me when I am afraid. Strengthen me when I am weak.
I tried to walk this way of life on my own but that didn’t turn out so well for thirty something years. Like the closing battle in the Marvel End Game scene (Spoiler Alert) when Captain America is beaten but still manages to get up even if he has to take on the darkness alone. The enemy shows him all he is up against and still with a deep breath Captain America takes his fighting stance. Then in the background there is a light and then many lights. Reminding me of what Elisha told his servant when they were surrounded by their own enemies.
“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” 2 Kings 6:16
When I am reminded that God said these 4 words, when I hear them, read them, whisper them with my own voice something inside me rises up from the dirt and I take my fighting stance in spite of what stands against me.
My brother said in John 16:33 that “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” He walked through this life not unharmed. Not without struggle. Not without knowing pain physical and emotional, mental anguish to the point of sweating drops of blood. I have never sweated drops of blood from my turmoil I have had chest pains, cramps, I vomited once but nope can’t say I ever sweated blood. He went through it all and with that he said been there done that, you got this. You can handle this. This is nothing compared to the Spirit in you.
But you belong to God my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4
In Marvel End Game (Spoiler Alert) when Dr. Strange predicts that in all the scenarios he played out there was only one way we win. And even the Good News said there was only one way. “I am the way…” in John 14:6 so if I have to walk through this life with all of it’s weapons formed against me of going through trials, knowing sorrow, pain and distress that will bring me to my knees so be it, it will not keep me from finishing this race when I know that with those 4 words I am not alone. Not a single day of it so I take my fighting stance.
“Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because (of the enemy or his mighty army) for there is a power far greater on our side! He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!”… 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
By His Word, I do not fight alone for my God is always with me.