“Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day.”
(Amos 2:16 NIV)
What are you afraid of? What tempts you to run and hide?
Several deaths have occurred in my circle of family and friends recently, in my community. I attribute it partly to the change of seasons, more specifically, the end of summer.
Life doesn’t like change and it manifests that fact even in the breaks we anticipate and welcome. It can feel like forcing square pegs into a round hole.
Challenges can be dreadful. They sneak up from behind, grab, attack, and force us into fight-or-flight mode. Death creeps up on us like a silent serpent slithering in the swamp.
“A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him (Jesus), he (Mark) fled naked, leaving his garment behind.”
(Mark 14:51-52 NIV)
There's no need to run and hide like the disciple in the verses above, when the soldiers arrested Jesus. Our heavenly Father has our backs, gently pressing us through whatever we face. The enemy will dissipate like smoke drifting past us, a surprisingly gentle breeze. We stand in the clear - free, new things opened to us.
My daughter, Libby, gave me a beautiful, black, wooden inscription one Christmas. I was enduring a demanding episode at work; the battles were constant and agonizing. The gift, perched on my desk, reminded me: “The battle is God’s, NOT Yours.” He fights our battles for us.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand,
that He may lift you up in due time.”
(1 Peter 5:6 NIV)
Humble yourself when confronted with anxiety. Don’t run away! Dig in your heels and claim all victories in Christ!
I will stand firm under God’s mighty hand today, confident in His power. I hope you will, too!