know what you think about people who jump out of bed in the morning with a
smile on their face and a sunny disposition, but that’s not me. My body doesn’t want to get out from under
the covers, and it seems to be slow to wake.
I have rumblings and stirrings as if my whole system groans at the idea
of a new day. Like my old jeep on a cold
winter’s morning, my body just doesn’t want to turn over. It can affect the
outlook of my day. But slowly, as the
cobwebs disappear, I reflect on the truth that God has given me. “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never
cease, for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lam 3:22,23.
victory is about claiming the promises that God has given us and living in the
reality of that truth. Though my flesh
dreads each new day, God shows his lovingkindness, and says that I have victory
over my day and not the other way around.
This comes in handy, not in just getting out of bed, but when I face
each day’s trials. Sometimes getting out
of bed means facing a contentious spouse, a feisty youth, a frustrating boss,
poor health, loneliness, fear, etc. Yet,
as difficult as these obstacles are, they do not have to define my actions or
stood at the cusp of his past (Egypt) and the future (the promised land). His trials were countless, and God gave him
this command, “arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land
which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.” Joshua 1:2. The land was his to claim, it was promised to
his forefathers, it was preserved for the children of Israel, and it belonged
to him and to the generations that would follow. He had to do one thing – claim it. God’s admonition was, “Be strong and
courageous. Don’t let the obstacles and your fears keep you from all that I
have given you. I know it will be hard,
but it is yours, and I will never leave you.
Trust me and obey me.”
we can’t see how God is going to execute his good pleasure and will. There are so many obstacles; the economy is
bad, we are fighting wars around the world and at home, our politicians can’t
decide on anything, skeptics decry my faith, and I want to share the gospel but
my friends won’t listen. We feel weak
against the onslaught of the enemy’s arsenal, and it can cause us to shrink
away and hide in the crevices of what is familiar and safe. This is when we need to stand tall and claim
God’s victory over the world and say in a loud voice, “If God is with me, who
can stand against me!” I will not let
temptations, addictions, mediocrity, laziness, self-perseveration define
me. I am Christ’s and in my weakness he
Today is a
victorious day, not because of my circumstances, but because of God’s lovingkindness
that work all things for good, to those who are called according to His
purpose. I’m just saying….